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12/31/2012
Public Health and Wellness Offers Free Diabetes Classes
The Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness is offering two series of free classes in January for individuals interested in learning about and managing diabetes. All classes are free but prior registration is required. Phone 574-6663 for reservations or for more information.

12/31/2012
Mayor Releases Mid-Term Report to Citizens
Marking the midpoint of his term, Mayor Greg Fischer today released a report to citizens that highlights achievements of his administration’s first two years in office.

12/30/2012
City Holds Two Sales Training Workshops
With overwhelming success of a pilot sales institute, the city is partnering with two training/staffing agencies to hold two additional Sales Training Institute for participants to learn what it takes to be a successful sales representative.

12/27/2012
Public Health and Wellness Offers Low-Cost Fun Fitness Classes
The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness offers free and low-cost exercise classes at various locations throughout the community. No prior registration is required. Simply come and have fun!

12/27/2012
LIHEAP Crisis Assistance begins January 7th
The annual program that helps prevent disconnection from utility services for low income residents of Louisville begins Mon., Jan. 7, 2013. LIHEAP, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, is operated by the Louisville Metro Community Action Partnership (CAP). The Crisis Phase of LIHEAP will run from Jan. 7 - March 31 or as long as available funds last.

12/27/2012
Computer Games, ‘College in the Cloud’ Among Finalists for 55,000 Degrees Innovation Prize
A computer game that combines education and adventure. Phone apps that make college shopping easier. Cloud-based college courses for a world-wide classroom. These are among the eight innovative, technology-based concepts chosen as finalists in the competition for a $20,000 grand prize for increasing the number of college graduates in Louisville.

12/26/2012
Public Health and Wellness Offers Free Stop Smoking Classes
Start the New Year right – become a nonsmoker! The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness and its community partners offer free stop smoking classes using the Cooper/Clayton method. All classes, educational materials and nicotine replacement products provided are free. Advance registration for the program is required. To register phone 574 – STOP (574-7867) or email StopSmoking@louisvilleky.gov

12/20/2012
Councilwoman Scott launches “Bringing Down the House” campaign in District 1
In an effort to improve the quality of life in District 1, Councilwoman Attica Scott launched the “Bringing Down the House” campaign on Thursday, December 20th at 2819 Virginia Avenue. The goal of the campaign: tear down an abandoned structure that has become an eyesore to the neighborhood.

12/20/2012
Six New Retail Businesses Open on S Fourth St
By next spring, downtown Louisville will welcome six new retail businesses to South Fourth Street between the Seelbach and Brown Hotels.

12/19/2012
Update on APCD fee and permit changes
Update on APCD fees and permits restructuring.

12/19/2012
NHK Louisville to Expand Operations, Add 50 Jobs
Governor Steve Beshear and Mayor Greg Fischer today announced plans by NHK Spring Precision of America Inc. (NHK Louisville) to expand operations in Louisville. The company plans to add 50 new, full-time jobs and invest more than $19 million in the Commonwealth.

12/19/2012
Metro Parks Community Centers Ready To Provide Winter Break Fun for Youth
Louisville Metro Parks and Recreation once again welcomes children to its community centers for special winter break programs. A full schedule of activities is planned, designed to keep children engaged in positive and educational play during this out of school time, including arts and crafts, music, field trips, fitness, table games, swimming, dance, basketball tournaments, and much more.

12/19/2012
Finalists Chosen for 55,000 Degrees Innovation Prize
A computer game that combines education and adventure. Phone apps that make college shopping easier. Cloud-based college courses for a world-wide classroom. These are among the eight innovative, technology-based concepts chosen as finalists in the competition for a $20,000 grand prize for increasing the number of college graduates in Louisville.

12/18/2012
Metro Council approves ordinance to regulate donation bins in Metro Louisville
In an effort to resolve what has become a growing problem in many areas of Metro Louisville and protect local nonprofit organizations, the Louisville Metro Council has approved a new ordinance to regulate donation bins. The new law sets specific guidelines for licensing, location and maintenance for donation bins operated by for-profit and non-profit companies and organizations.

12/18/2012
Indatus Opens Headquarters on East Main St
Indatus and Mocura, both under the ownership of ICIM Corporation, plan to establish headquarters on 118 East Main Street in Louisville. Indatus and Mocura will create 100 new jobs and establish a tier-2 datacenter with full network operations center and staff in the renovated historic building.

12/15/2012
Welch and Yates welcome South Louisville’s newest business “Sluggers Warehouse”
South Louisville’s newest business enterprise is dedicated to America’s favorite pastime and is ready to help anyone young or old improve their skill while reinforcing their love for the game of baseball.

12/14/2012
James and Butler to assist Salvation Army Kettle Drive by ringing a bell during the holidays
During the holiday season, the distinctive ringing of a bell on the street corner means the Salvation Army needs your help to help those in need. Two Metro Councilmembers will join other volunteers in December to help the Salvation Army reach their goal.

12/14/2012
BAE Systems Title V Operating Permit 142-97-TV(R2)
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District (District) proposes to issue an operating permit to BAE Systems., in accordance with Regulation 2.16.

12/14/2012
College Shop Open at Shawnee Library
The Louisville Free Public Library and University of Louisville Office of Community Engagement have joined forces to offer a new College Shop at the Shawnee branch library, located in the Shawnee neighborhood.

12/13/2012
Scott announces the 2nd Annual “Cleanup for Christmas” with abandoned properties in District 1
Councilwoman Attica Scott announces the 2nd Annual “Cleanup for Christmas” will begin on Friday, December 14th with a focus of cleaning up abandoned properties in the southwestern part of District 1.

12/13/2012
Three Small Businesses Receive METCO Approval
Four loans in the amount of $995,000 were approved by the Louisville Metropolitan Business Development Corporation. These loans will assist three businesses in environmental clean-up, façade improvement, and business start-ups.

12/13/2012
Jellico Chemical Co FEDOOP Permit 194-05-F
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District (District) proposes to issue a federally enforceable District origin operating permit (FEDOOP) to Jellico Chemical Co., Inc.

12/12/2012
New Mobile WIC Website Makes Services More Accessible to Families
Families enrolled in the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) nutrition program are now able to use their mobile phones to find the nearest WIC-approved grocer and to check their WIC monthly balances thanks to a new mobile website, http://www.kywic.com.

12/12/2012
James applauds partnership of local charities to help provide West Louisville children with gifts fo
This holiday season, over 150 children ages 13 and under will receive an unexpected surprise as a result of a partnership between three local charities. Through the “St. Stephen STARS” program, children living in the 40210, 40211 and 40212 zip codes will be receiving new clothes for Christmas.

12/12/2012
Budget Committee to hear from University Hospital regarding partnership with KentuckyOne and QCCT
The Metro Council’s Budget Committee will receive an update from University Hospital officials on its new partnership with KentuckyOne and the status of the Quality Care and Charity Trust (QCCT) Agreement on Thursday, December 13.

12/12/2012
President King calls special Committee of the Whole Meeting for Thursday, December 13th
President Jim King (D-10) has called a special meeting of the Committee of the Whole for 3:00pm in Council Chambers on Thursday, December 13th to hear a presentation from Mayor Greg Fischer on his strategy for the local sales tax option prior to the beginning of the January Session of the Kentucky General Assembly in Frankfort.

12/11/2012
Mayor Names O'Dell Henderson Labor Liaison
Mayor Greg Fischer today named veteran city employee O’Dell Henderson as Metro Government’s lead liaison to the city’s labor unions.

12/11/2012
Downtown Tree Replacement Program Begins
LDMD, MSD and city partner to help make downtown more environmentally sustainable through downtown tree replacement project.

12/10/2012
Greg Heitzman to Lead MSD
Saying that Greg Heitzman has done an excellent job of operating the Metropolitan Sewer District and regaining the public’s trust during the past year, Mayor Greg Fischer today named him the agency’s permanent executive director.

12/10/2012
Construction Begins on New Sheppard Square
Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-3) and Mayor Greg Fischer announced that Louisville’s $101 million redevelopment of Sheppard Square, the city's third HOPE VI revitalization, begins with new construction in the Smoketown neighborhood.

12/10/2012
Public Works, Bridges and Transportation to receive update on Ohio River Bridges Project on Thursday
The Metro Council’s Public Works, Bridges and Transportation Committee will receive an update on the Ohio River Bridges Projects when they meet on Thursday, December 13th.

12/7/2012
Metro Animal Services Home For The Holidays
Take a Pet ‘Home for the Holidays’! Pick Your Pet and Your Adoption Price at the Kentucky Humane Society and Louisville Metro Animal Services.

12/7/2012
River Metals Recycling Offers Incentives for 9th District Residents
Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh (D-9) is announcing an opportunity for 9th District Residents to get green for going green. River Metals Recycling (RMR) and the 9th District Green Triangle are partnering to offer incentives for 9th District residents to recycle metal from December 14 - 21, which corresponds with junk pick up in the District.

12/7/2012
Metro Council approves Hamilton ordinance for Shawnee Neighborhood Association to partner in cleanin
By a vote of 23 to 1 with one voting present, the Louisville Metro Council has approved an ordinance that will encourage a partnership with the Shawnee Neighborhood Association and Metro Government to cleanup abandoned property.

12/6/2012
Mayor Announces Chief of Public Service; Director of Public Works, Director of Emergency Management
Mayor Greg Fischer today announced several new appointments, including Chief of Public Services, Director of Public Works and Assets and Director of Emergency Management Services/MetroSafe.

12/5/2012
Gift-giving ideas from Metro Parks
Louisville Metro Parks offers hundreds of gift-giving options for the holidays, making it easy to find just the right gift for that ‘hard-to-buy-for’ person. With a selection that includes items for golfers, nature enthusiasts, history buffs, art and music lovers, there really is something for everyone on the list!

12/5/2012
Louisville Named Top Travel Destination for 2013
Calling the city “a lively, offbeat cultural mecca on the Ohio River,” the world’s leading travel publisher has named Louisville its "Top U.S. Travel Destination for 2013."

12/4/2012
17th Annual “Olde Tyme Christmas on Frankfort Avenue” returns to District 9
It’s the chance to celebrate the holiday season on a trolley or in a carriage. It’s a time to take a nice holiday walk with your family pet or sit back and enjoy the sounds of the season on one of Metro Louisville’s well established neighborhood streets. “Olde Tyme Christmas on Frankfort Avenue” returns to mark the holiday season on Saturday, December 8th.

12/4/2012
Woolridge encourages healthy holiday eating and cooking throughout the month of December
Councilwoman Mary C. Woolridge (D-3) will participate in a Holiday Healthy Cooking- Food Demonstration at the First Choice Market from 11:00am to 12:00pm on Saturday, December 8th. Joining Woolridge for the event will be Councilwoman Attica Scott (D-1).

12/4/2012
Councilman James invites District 6 to enjoy the holiday season with “Light Up California”
Residents of the California Neighborhood in West Louisville will bring in the holiday season with a special event on Saturday, December 8th when the 2nd Annual Light Up California gets under way in California Leisure Park beginning at 6:00pm.

12/4/2012
James hosts S.P.O.T. Clinic for Sixth District Pet Owners on Saturday, December 8th
Councilman David James is offering pet owners in District 6 a special holiday S.P.O.T. Clinic on Saturday, December 8th at the South Louisville Community Center, located at 2911 Taylor Blvd between the hours of 10:00am to 2:00pm

12/3/2012
Neighborhood Place Partners Offer Valuable Events and Services in December
Neighborhood Place locations in Louisville will offer valuable events and services in December including a financial management workshop for the holidays, two educational baby showers, an event with low/no-cost health screenings, and on-line registration assistance for Jefferson County Public Schools. To learn more about these services, including reservations requirements and contact info, please refer to the phone numbers listed by each event or visit http://www.louisvilleky.gov/CSR/Calendar/viewall.htm.

12/3/2012
Bank On Louisville Partners with HelloWallet
HelloWallet, a financial guidance company that works with leading companies to improve the financial wellness of their employees, committed today to providing 1,000 free two-year subscriptions for the Bank On Louisville initiative. These subscriptions, which are valued at over $90,000, will provide Bank On Louisville with a valuable resource that will help some of the most vulnerable citizens in our community manage their financial responsibilities and save more.

12/3/2012
Councilwoman Welch welcomes new business to District 13 on National Turnpike
Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13) welcomes a new business to District 13. Dine N Mart is now open to serve the community on National Turnpike.

12/1/2012
Eckart America Corporation Construction Permit 36408-12-C
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District (District) proposes to issue a construction permit to Eckart Americar Corporation (aluminum powder/paste production plant), 4101 Camp Ground Road, in accordance with Regulation 2.03, for modification of classifier weight tank and drum/tote unloading stations.

11/30/2012
Johnson calls for review of local ordinances involving removal of dead animals in certain areas of M
Councilman Dan Johnson (D-21) says the time has come to review all local ordinances involving the removal of dead animals found in certain areas of Metro Louisville. The Councilman believes there must be a better way to handle a recent situation he found himself involved in.

11/29/2012
Metro Animal Services Waives License Late Fees
Metro Animal Services Encourages Pet Owners to End 2012 and Start 2013 Off Right By Licensing Their Pets Late Fees Waived in an effort to encourage responsible pet ownership

11/29/2012
Enjoy the Holidays with Metro Parks!
Metro Parks offers a variety of fun holiday events for the whole family throughout the month of December. Below are just a few of the festivities… be sure to check our website http://www.Metro-Parks.org/Calendar/, for the complete Metro Parks calendar of events.

11/29/2012
Diageo Americas Supply FEDOOP Permit 118-01-F(R1)
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District (District) proposes to issue a federally enforceable District origin operating permit (FEDOOP) to Diageo Americas Supply, Inc. (whiskey distillery)

11/29/2012
LG&E Announces Environmental Upgrades to Mill Creek Facility
Mayor Greg Fischer joined other state and local officials today to outline nearly $940 million in environmental upgrades that are beginning at the Mill Creek Generating Station in southwestern Jefferson County. Improvements expected to create nearly 700 construction jobs

11/28/2012
Local Events to Commemorate World AIDS Day
The AIDS Services Center Coalition, Inc., an umbrella organization of HIV/AIDS service providers in Louisville and Southern Indiana, is collaborating with community partners to organize a week of local programs to commemorate World AIDS Day, December 1. The events are free and the public is urged to participate. For more information on these and other activities honoring World AIDS Day, visit: www.asccinc.org/worldaidsday

11/28/2012
Free Music Shows Set for Fourth Street Live
Live music ranging from jazz and hip hop to gospel and Christmas choirs plus music from international cultures will be featured at free community concerts the first three Saturday evenings in December. The shows, featuring local performers, will take place on the main stage at Fourth Street Live on Dec. 1, 6 and 18 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

11/28/2012
Scott welcomes new business to District 1 with the opening of Picture Perfect in the Parkland Neighb
In many towns and communities, it is a business which over the years is considered a gathering spot to talk and learn about what’s going on in a neighborhood. On Saturday, December 1st, the Parkland Neighborhood will welcome such a new business to an area which is striving to change its recent history.

11/28/2012
Councilman James Peden to take part in Highview Holiday Fest
Louisville Metro Councilman James Peden (District 23) will take part in the 7th Annual Highview Holiday Fest December 7, 2012. The event will start at the Central Government Center/Highview Park (7201 Outer Loop) between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

11/27/2012
2013 Metro Parks Golf Discount Book On Sale Now
The 2013 Louisville Metro Parks Golf Discount Book is available for purchase, just in time for holiday gift-giving.

11/27/2012
Report Shows More Work Needed to Reach 55,000 College Degrees
Louisville must redouble its efforts to add 55,000 more college graduates by 2020 and get on track to building a more educated workforce, according to the 2012 annual report from the 55,000 Degrees initiative.

11/26/2012
Blackwell hosts final Coffee with your Councilman for 2012 on December 1st
Residents of District 12 have another opportunity to meet with Councilman Rick Blackwell when the last “Coffee with Your Councilman” for 2012 gets underway on Saturday, December 1st.

11/26/2012
Welch appointed Vice Chair of NLC Human Development Steering Committee
Metro Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13) has been appointed Vice Chair of the Human Development Steering Committee of the national League of Cities. “I am honored to be appointed to a leadership position on a committee which does such important work on quality of life issues for our cities across the nation,” says Welch.

11/26/2012
James encourages residents to enjoy the yuletide season with the 36th Annual Old Louisville Holiday
One of the nation’s premiere historic Victorian neighborhoods will again bring in the holiday season with a special event designed to spotlight the beauty of an era gone by. The 36th Annual Old Louisville Holiday Home Tour will be held on the weekend of December 1st and 2nd.

11/26/2012
Welch and Fairdale Community Club bring “Santa Land” to families in District 13
Businesses in District 13 will join Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch for a holiday fun event for children and their parents on Thursday, December 13th when Santa Land makes its season return to the area.

11/21/2012
Don't Forget To Recycle Cooking Oil This Thanksgiving
Recycle used cooking oil after the Thanksgiving holiday.

11/21/2012
Metro Councilman Glen Stuckel to Host District 17 Town Hall Meeting
Louisville Metro Councilman Glen Stuckel will hold a District 17 Town Hall Meeting on Monday, December 3 at 6:30 p.m. in the "Kidville" building on the campus of Northeast Christian Church (9900 Brownsboro Road).

11/20/2012
Citizen Input Sought on Insight/Time Warner
Four “Town Hall” public meetings have been scheduled to allow citizens to comment on the service provided in Louisville by Insight/Time Warner. The public sessions on Nov. 28 and 29 are part of a comprehensive needs assessment being conducted by Louisville Metro Government which is in the process of developing a new franchise agreement for cable television and related services.

11/20/2012
City Launches Pilot Sales Training Institute
Citing sales positions as the number one unfilled job in Louisville, Mayor Fischer announced a new Sales Training Institute for participants to learn what it takes to be a successful sales representative.

11/19/2012
Holiday Garbage, Recycling & Yard Waste Schedule
Holiday garbage, yard waste and recycling schedule.

11/19/2012
Mayor Awards 8th Annual Healthy Hometown Grants
Mayor Awards 8th Annual Healthy Hometown Grants. Thirteen organizations receive a total of $35,000

11/16/2012
Board of Health Responds to Hospital Partnership Announcement
The Louisville Metro Board of Health has issued the following statement regarding the partnership between U of L Hospital and KentuckyOne Health that was announced yesterday.

11/16/2012
The Seasonal Celebration of “Light Up Newburg” set for Petersburg Park on Dec. 1st
Many in Metro Louisville continue to welcome the holiday season and Newburg-Petersburg Park is preparing to throw the festive switch for “Light Up Newburg”, on Saturday, December 1st.

11/16/2012
Caucus Condemns Actions of Metro Council Majority
In an unprecedented action, 15 members of the Metro Council, led by Councilman Brent Ackerson (Democrat) voted to change the rules of the Metro Council to potentially limit the debate on important issues with the vote of a simple majority of the membership of the Metro Council. This change, which was filed on election day, removes protections of any minority group against an overzealous majority by limiting the debate to as little as 90 minutes.

11/15/2012
McNeely Lake Park Public Meeting November 29th
Louisville Metro Parks will host a public meeting on the master planning process for McNeely Lake Park. The meeting will take place on Thursday, November 29, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Wilt Elementary School, 6700 Price Lane, Louisville KY.

11/15/2012
City Installs New Solar Powered Recycling and Trash Compactors
Mayor Greg Fischer unveiled new on-street solar-powered receptacles that will allow the public to be more environmentally-friendly when disposing of their trash or recycling.

11/15/2012
Louisville Metro Government Named Top “Digital City”
When it comes to using technology to communicate with citizens, Louisville Metro Government is the top city government in America, according to the latest survey from a national technology group. The 2012 Digital Cities Survey, conducted by the Center for Digital Government, has Louisville first, ahead of cities such as Boston, Seattle, Charlotte and Sacramento. It’s the second top-technology ranking this year for Louisville Metro: the city’s website, www.louisvilleky.gov, earned a number one ranking in the Best of the Web awards, only the second time a city has taken first in both surveys in the same year from the Center for Digital Government.

11/14/2012
Friday is "College Colors Day" to Encourage Going to College
Thousands of college graduates throughout Louisville will be wearing their alma mater’s colors on Friday to help inspire others to seek their college diplomas – one of several events to mark College Application Month sponsored by 55,000 Degrees. Mayor Greg Fischer today declared Friday, Nov. 16 as College Colors Day to help spread the word about the importance of earning college degrees for citizens and Louisville’s economic prosperity.

11/13/2012
Metro Council members tour new Knight School of Welding designed to help veterans and others learn a
It is a place where education becomes economic opportunity for those who want to learn a new trade. On Tuesday, three members of the Louisville Metro Council toured the Knight School of Welding which is opening its doors in West Louisville.

11/12/2012
Councilwoman Madonna Flood invites the community to bring in the holidays with “Light Up Okolona”
The Okolona area will gather to officially welcome the holiday season, when Councilwoman Madonna Flood (D-24) welcomes Santa Claus for Light up Okolona on Friday, November 16th.

11/12/2012
Mayor Declares Friday "College Colors Day" to Inspire Going to College
Thousands of college graduates throughout Louisville will be wearing their alma mater’s colors on Friday to help inspire others to seek their college diplomas – one of several events to mark College Application Month sponsored by 55,000 Degrees.

11/9/2012
Councilman Rick Blackwell hosts S.P.O.T. Clinic for pet owners in District 12 on November 17th
The next S.P.O.T. Clinic is set for the Southwest Government Center sponsored by Councilman Rick Blackwell for pet owners in District 12 on Saturday, November 17th. It’s great news for owners who would like one central location to take care of licensing, rabies and micro chipping.

11/8/2012
Beam Locates New Global Business Center in Downtown Louisville
Beam Inc. (NYSE: BEAM), a leading global premium spirits company, announced today that Louisville will be the home of its new Global Business Services Center. Expected to open in Q2 2013, the center will be located at 400 S. Fourth Street and will provide a highly visible presence for the world’s No. 1 Bourbon maker, Beam, in the heart of Fourth Street Live! The center will bring 60 new professional jobs to the Commonwealth, with an estimated combined payroll of approximately $5 million.

11/8/2012
National Safe Place Receives Federal Grant
National Safe Place has received a $10.5 million grant to provide training and technical assistance to more than 400 runaway and homeless youth agencies across the country. The Administration for Children, Youth and Families (ACYF), Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) competitively selected National Safe Place to coordinate the Runaway and Homeless Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center (RHYTTAC) for the next five years.

11/7/2012
Neighborhood Place partners to offer valuable events and services in November
Neighborhood Place locations in Louisville will help to offer valuable events and services in November including a foreclosure prevention workshop, on-line registration assistance for Jefferson County Public Schools, an Energy Management Workshop and several holiday fundraisers. To learn more about these events, including reservations requirements and contact info, please refer to the phone numbers listed by each event or visit http://www.louisvilleky.gov/CSR/Calendar/viewall.htm.

11/3/2012
New park dedicated in Butchertown in honor of neighborhood leader Karen Lynch
The Butchertown area has a new neighborhood park dedicated to a woman who devoted her life to making the area a wonderful place to live, work and play. On Saturday, Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh (D-9), residents and others dedicated the triangular park located at Brownsboro Road and Story Avenue in honor of Karen Lynch, businesswoman and community activist for Butchertown.

11/2/2012
Governor’s 2012 Task Force on the study of Kentucky’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Laws comes to Louis
The last of four community forums dealing with Kentucky’s Alcoholic Beverage Control laws will be held in Metro Louisville on Thursday November 8th from 6:00pm to 7:30pm at the Mayor’s Gallery at Metro Hall.

11/2/2012
$50,000 UPS Grant Expands “The First Tee” Youth Program at Seneca Golf Course
A $50,000 grant from the UPS Foundation will enable The First Tee of Louisville, a life skills youth development program, to construct a youth golf course at Metro Parks’ Seneca Golf Course.

11/1/2012
METCO Approves One Loan Amends Another
One loan in the amount of $47,500 was approved by the Louisville Metropolitan Business Development Corporation, to The Silver Spoon, a catering business that has been operating since 1986 in the Louisville and Lexington area.

11/1/2012
Three Leaf Drop-off Sites Open November 6th
Metro Public Works is once again partnering with Metro Parks to provide citizens with a free leaf drop-off service. This year residents will have three locations available to dispose of leaves.

11/1/2012
Louisville Gas and Electric Paddy's Run Title V Operating Permit 130-97-TV(R1)
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District (District) proposes to renew a Title V Operating permit to Louisville Gas & Electric, Paddy's Run Station, in accordance with Regulation 2.16.

11/1/2012
Louisville Veteran's Day Parade Set for Nov. 11
After an overwhelming response last year, Mayor Greg Fischer today announced that the service and sacrifices of veterans and active duty military will again be honored with a Veteran’s Day parade and other activities in downtown Louisville, Sun., Nov. 11.

11/1/2012
Mayor Declares City Ready for Winter Weather
Surrounded by members of the city’s Snow Team, snow plows, brine vehicles and other snow-fighting equipment, Mayor Greg Fischer today declared the city ready for winter weather.

11/1/2012
GE Appliances and Lighting Construction Permit 36340-12-C
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District (District) proposes to issue a construction permit to GE Appliances & Lighting, in accordance with Regulation 2.03, for a new basket water heater.

10/31/2012
Registration for Adult Metro Parks Basketball Leagues Underway
Metro Parks is now accepting team registrations for adult men’s basketball leagues at the Athletics office, located at the Louisville Tennis Center across from the Louisville Zoo on Trevillian Way.

10/31/2012
Food Trucks To Celebrate Local Food Day
Louisville’s food trucks will be gathered on the streets around Metro Hall on Friday, November 2, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., as they compete for bragging rights for fare that is purchased and prepared locally.

10/30/2012
Shawnee Neighborhood Plan meetings seek public comment in order to move forward with development and
Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D-5) is encouraging residents, organizations and businesses in the Shawnee area to take advantage of a series of meetings in November and December to learn about revitalization efforts for the area.

10/30/2012
Councilwoman Scott to moderate “Women Speak: What’s Up In West Louisville”
Councilwoman Attica Scott (D-1) will moderate a special event this weekend that will bring together a diverse group of women to discuss their perspective on issues facing one area of the city. The Yearlings Club presents “Women Speak: What’s Up In West Louisville” on Sunday, November 4, 2012.

10/30/2012
Ford and UAW Partner to Build Ramps for Disabled Residents
Ford Motor Company and UAW Local 862 announced today a $50,000 donation to the Metro United Way for the Wayne Vickers Memorial Wheel Chair Ramp Project in Louisville to build 25 wheelchair ramps for disabled residents across the city. In addition to the monetary donations, a team of more than 50 UAW volunteers are planning to provide over 2,000 hours of labor to construct the wheelchair ramps.

10/29/2012
Light Up Louisville and 40 Nights of Lights Will Draw Thousands Downtown
In addition to a new location and a nightly light show, this year’s expanded Light Up Louisville event will feature another first: a skating rink, Mayor Greg Fischer announced today. For its 32nd year, the city’s annual celebration launching the holiday season is expanding and moving to 4th Street, creating a four-block festival of lights set to music between the Galt House and Fourth Street Live.

10/26/2012
Councilman James encourages residents to get involved with the California Community Transformation P
The California Neighborhood is doing more than just participating in Brightside’s Community Wide cleanup on Saturday, October 27th. Residents there are in the process of transforming the two streets in their neighborhood which need the most attention.

10/26/2012
Louisville Observes National Weatherization Day
With colder weather approaching, residents can lower their heating bills by taking steps to make sure their homes are as weatherized and energy efficient as possible. Mayor Greg Fischer is joining in the national awareness push by declaring October 30 as “Weatherization Day” in Louisville.

10/26/2012
Metro Louisville impounds first vehicle caught in the act of illegal dumping
On Thursday night, Louisville Metro Police impounded the first vehicle involved in illegal dumping under a new city ordinance designed to crackdown on the practice passed by the Metro Council.

10/26/2012
Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program Begins November 5th
The annual program that helps low income residents of Louisville with their utility bills begins Nov. 5. LIHEAP, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, is operated by the Louisville Metro Community Action Partnership. The Subsidy Phase of LIHEAP will run this year from Nov. 5 through Dec. 14.

10/25/2012
Metro Councilman Jerry Miller to Host Annual Berrytown Cleanup
Louisville Metro Councilman Jerry Miller (District 19) is partnering again this year with Brightside, Solid Waste Management and Berrytown Family YMCA for this year's cleanup in Berrytown on Saturday, October 27 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon.

10/25/2012
Report Released On Reducing Violent Crime, Improve Neighborhoods
Reducing violence in Louisville will take a comprehensive and sustained approach that involves all segments of society — city government, police, schools, non-profits, businesses, the court system and houses of worship, according to a report released today by the Violence Prevention Work Group.

10/25/2012
Violence Prevention Work Group Releases Report
Reducing violence in Louisville will take a comprehensive and sustained approach that involves all segments of society — city government, police, schools, non-profits, businesses, the court system and houses of worship, according to a report released today by the Violence Prevention Work Group

10/25/2012
Violence Prevention Work Group Releases Report
Reducing violence in Louisville will take a comprehensive and sustained approach that involves all segments of society — city government, police, schools, non-profits, businesses, the court system and houses of worship, according to a report released today by the Violence Prevention Work Group.

10/24/2012
Ward Pugh encourages all women to get a mammogram as part of Breast Cancer Awareness month in Octobe
In an effort to spread the word that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh (D-9) is encouraging all women in Metro Louisville and the surrounding areas to get a mammogram.

10/24/2012
Metro Councilman Engel and Fern Creek Chamber of Commerce to Host Annual Cleanup
Louisville Metro Councilman Robin Engel (District 22) and the Fern Creek Community Association and Chamber of Commerce will hold a District 22 clean-up on Saturday, October 27, between 8:00 a.m. and noon.

10/24/2012
Ward-Pugh hosts S.P.O.T. Clinic for Ninth District Pet Owners on FAT Friday, October 26th
Those who take advantage of the FAT Trolley Hop this coming Friday, October 26th may notice something going on at Franck and Frankfort Avenue. The corner will be the location of a S.P.O.T. Clinic sponsored by Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh (D-9).

10/23/2012
2012 Neighborhood Place Annual Day - October 24th
Neighborhood Place, Louisville’s award-winning model of providing services to citizens, will have its “Annual Day” conference to celebrate accomplishments and explore new ideas for providing assistance. More than 350 individuals and many partner groups are expected to attend the Neighborhood Place Annual Day, Oct. 24 at the Fern Valley Conference Center.

10/23/2012
Metro Animal Services Howl-o-ween Adoption Special
Howl-o-ween Adoption Special Bring a “Treat’ for Our Pets and Pay No Adoption Fee Oct. 25-28, 2012. Check Out Tips to Keep You and Your Pets Safe!

10/23/2012
Councilman Kramer to hold Town Hall Meeting to help Residents Recognize Meth Labs in their Neighborh
Councilman Kramer to hold Town Hall Meeting to help Residents Recognize Meth Labs in their Neighborhoods

10/22/2012
Public Health and Wellness Offers Free Diabetes Classes
The Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness will hold a series of two free classes for individuals interested in learning about and managing diabetes. Classes begin Saturday, November 3 at the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness at 400 E. Gray St.

10/22/2012
2012 Southwest Pride Cleanup set for Saturday, October 27th
Homeowners, business people, children and adults will be among the hundreds of volunteers who will answer the call of the Southwest Pride Community Cleanup on Saturday, October 27th.

10/22/2012
Next “Talk with Tom” set for Saturday, October 27th
The next “Talk with Tom” will be held at Starbucks located at Highland Avenue and Baxter Avenue from 9:00am to 11:00am on Saturday, October 27th.

10/20/2012
“Brownsboro Road Diet” selected as one of top Public Works Projects in Kentucky for 2012
The goal was to make a congested stretch of road in Metro Louisville safer and increase pedestrian access at an efficient cost. After years of planning and a few months of construction, a .4 mile section of Brownsboro Road has a new sidewalk and traffic pattern. The project has now been honored as an innovative way to improve traffic flow and safety in a cost effective way.

10/19/2012
Ward-Pugh hosts 14th Annual Fall Community Cleanup on October 27th
With the fall season now in full swing, Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh is asking for volunteers to help keep the beauty of the season pleasing to the eye by helping with the 14th Annual 9th District Fall Cleanup.

10/19/2012
National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week is Oct 21st-27th
To help prevent childhood lead poisoning, the Lead-Safe Louisville Project (LSL) is promoting awareness as part of National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (NLPPW), Oct. 21-27. This year’s theme, "Lead-Free Kids for a Healthy Future”, emphasizes the importance of testing your children and home – to prevent the serious health effects of lead poisoning.

10/19/2012
Louisville Loop Public Meeting, November 13th
Louisville Metro Parks invites the public to participate in master planning of the Fairdale to Floyds Fork Shared-Use Path and Ecological Restoration Plan for the Louisville Loop, Tuesday, November 13, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Okolona Christian Church, 10801 Faithful Way, Louisville KY.

10/18/2012
Louisville Metro Parks Achieves National Reaccreditation
Louisville Metro Parks has earned national re-accreditation, conferred by the Commission for the Accreditation of Parks and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA). The designation means that Metro Parks, which first earned accreditation five years ago, remains ranked among the nation’s best parks and recreation departments.

10/17/2012
Louisville Named a Top City for Retirement
A retirement income of $40,000 a year won’t go very far in Miami, Honolulu or many other large cities --- but it will in Louisville according to a ranking this week by U.S. News & World Report. The publication says Louisville is the 7th best place to retire for under $40,000 a year.

10/17/2012
Fischer Announces Expanded Residential Recycling
Standing in the Cloverleaf neighborhood today, Mayor Greg Fischer announced a new pilot program with the goal of increasing recycling in Louisville. Two routes – about 7,500 residences – within the Urban Services District, one where the current recycling volume is moderate and one where the current recycling volume is considered low, were selected to kick off the program.

10/17/2012
Councilwoman Flood sponsors two S.P.O.T. Clinics for pet owners in District 24
Metro Councilwoman Madonna Flood (D-24) is sponsoring important clinics on October 20th and 27th for pet owners in the area to have an easier way to get their pet licensed and make sure all necessary vaccinations are up to date.

10/17/2012
Mayor Announces Expanded Residential Recycling Program
Standing in the Cloverleaf neighborhood today, Mayor Greg Fischer announced a new pilot program with the goal of increasing recycling in Louisville.

10/16/2012
Fischer, Blackwell Announce Registry to Track Vacant Properties
Louisville leaders today announced the creation of a new registry that would require financial institutions to alert Metro Government when they foreclose on a home — and provide the name of a person who will maintain the properties if it becomes vacant.

10/16/2012
Louisville Metro Makes More Information Available Online for Citizens
Louisville Metro Government is now making it easier for citizens to find and use city government data and information. From animal adoption rates to alcoholic beverage permits to crime statistics, construction permits and property maintenance cases – it’s all available at the city’s new Open Data Portal (http://data.louisvilleky.gov).

10/16/2012
Councilman Blackwell, Mayor Fischer Announce New Registry to Track Vacant Properties
Louisville leaders today announced the creation of a new registry that would require financial institutions to alert Metro Government when they foreclose on a home — and provide the name of a person who will maintain the properties if it becomes vacant.

10/15/2012
Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Hike & Outdoor Adventure at Jefferson Memorial Forest
The Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Hike and Outdoor Adventure takes place at Jefferson Memorial Forest Saturday, Oct. 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come out and get your pumpkins, take a hay ride, and hike through the Forest at the height of fall color. This eighth annual hike is part of the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement, encouraging better health and wellness by highlighting opportunities for increased physical activity.

10/15/2012
Dalai Lama Will Visit Louisville May 19-21, 2013
Louisville’s Tibetan Buddhist Center, the Drepung Gomang Institute, and the City of Louisville will host His Holiness the Dalai Lama May 19-21, 2013. The three-day event, called “Engaging Compassion”, will begin on Sunday, May 19 at the YUM! Center when the Dalai Lama will present a public talk to an expected crowd of 16,000.

10/15/2012
Councilwoman Scott and volunteers to spend a day building a playground for the Parkland Boys and Gir
Councilwoman Attica Scott (D-1) and 250 volunteers will make Tuesday, October 16th a very special day for the Parkland Boys and Girls Club. She and the volunteers will build a needed playground for the Club.

10/11/2012
Councilman James and MSD host informational meeting on voluntary home buyout program
Councilman David James (D-6) is partnering with the Metropolitan Sewer District to host an informational meeting on the proposed voluntary buyout program for property owners in the Maple Street area because of flooding problems

10/11/2012
Study Shows Strong State Local Impact of Fourth Street Live
Fourth Street Live has been an important catalyst for downtown’s growth during the last decade and taxpayers, who helped build the entertainment district through various incentives, will see more than a three-for-one return on their initial investment, according to an economic impact study released today.

10/10/2012
Councilman Johnson will hold his annual Town Hall Meeting on Monday, October 15th
Councilman Dan Johnson (D-21) is sending out the word to residents of District 21 that his annual Town Hall Meeting will be Monday, October 15th at 6:00 PM at the Beechmont Community Center.

10/10/2012
Mayor Fischer Adds Newsletter to Inform Citizens
As part of his ongoing effort to inform and engage citizens, Mayor Greg Fischer has launched a new weekly update to keep citizens informed of what’s happening in city government. The “Weekly Update” will be sent each Thursday to people who sign up for it as well as all Metro Government employees.

10/9/2012
Nucleus Opens New Home for Startups
A vacant building has been transformed into an inexpensive space for entrepreneurs and startup companies to set up shop and share ideas with their peers. The building, called iHub, was officially opened today at a ceremony attended by University of Louisville President James Ramsey, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and Congressman John Yarmuth.

10/9/2012
Scott joins the Lake Dreamland Fire Department to talk fire prevention at Crums Lane Elementary
Councilwoman Attica Scott (D-1) and the Lake Dreamland Fire Department will bring a very important safety message to students at Crums Lane Elementary on Friday, October 12th.

10/9/2012
October “Coffee with Your Councilwoman” set for District 13 residents on the 16th
Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch will host the next “Coffee with Your Councilwoman” for District 13 residents on Tuesday, October 16th at 9:30am at Bob Evans near Preston Highway located at 11800 Standiford Plaza Drive.

10/9/2012
Councilman Ken Fleming to Host District 7 Town Hall Meeting
Metro Councilman Ken Fleming Hosts District 7 Town Hall Meeting

10/9/2012
October District 5 Community Meeting to discuss education and Housing issues
Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton is inviting residents to the next District 5 Community Meeting for a discussion of education and housing issues on Monday, October 15th.

10/8/2012
Louisville AIDS Walk Set for Sunday October 14
The 2012 Louisville AIDS Walk and Pet Walk will begin at 3 p.m. on Sunday, October 14th. More than 6,000 people --including Congressman John Yarmuth, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore are expected to participate. The event will begin and end on The Great Lawn in Waterfront Park.

10/8/2012
2012 Louisville Project Homeless Connect/Stand Down
Louisville’s homeless population will have an opportunity to access services, information and assistance in a one-stop environment at the 2012 Project Homeless Connect/VA Stand Down, Wednesday, Oct. 10. Resources available at the event will include food, clothing, medical evaluations, help with employment, education and benefit services, and many other forms of assistance.

10/7/2012
27th Annual Southwest Festival on Saturday, October 13th at Sun Valley Community Center
It is an event that brings more than 20,000 people out to the Sun Valley Community Park for a weekend in October. The 27th Annual Southwest Festival is set for the weekend of October 13th. It is not only a fun event for young and old alike but it also helps Southwest Community Ministries.

10/6/2012
American Synthetic Rubber Company Construction Permit 36229-12-C
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District (District) proposes to issue a construction permit to American Synthetic Rubber Company (rubber production plant), 4500 Camp Ground Road, in accordance with Regulation 2.03, for modification of a natural gas boiler.

10/5/2012
Councilman Blackwell welcomes new LMPD 3rd Division Commander to District 12
The new Commander of the Louisville Metro Police’s Third Division will be on hand to introduce himself to residents of District 12 on Tuesday, October 16th.

10/5/2012
Free Parking at PARC Locations for Eric Church With Donations
Fans heading to the Eric Church concert at the KFC Yum! Center October 14 will be able to park for free in PARC garages and surface lots – in exchange for donations of toiletry items. The facilities closest to the Yum! Center will be taking donations: the Arena Garage, 1st and Main Garage, Wharf Lot and Riverfront.

10/5/2012
New Asbestos Walk-in Hours
For asbestos sign-offs and releases, walk-ins are now welcome during these hours: Monday 8:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm Tuesday 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm Wednesday 8:00 am to 12:00 pm Thursday 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm Friday 8:00 am to 12:00 pm

10/4/2012
Canoe Adventures for Youth and Families: Rides Launch From Two Metro Parks
Explore the great outdoors by canoeing the Ohio River! Urban Wilderness Canoe Adventures (UWCA), in partnership with Metro Parks’ Jefferson Memorial Forest, aims to introduce youth and families to the beauty of the Ohio by offering free rides in Voyageur canoes. Rides will leave from Shawnee Park on October 5 and Riverview Park on October 6.

10/4/2012
Louisville Metro TRIAD to Host 12th Annual Senior Day Out
More than 1800 seniors and disabled individuals in our community will gather for fun and fellowship, Tuesday, Oct. 9 at the 2012 Senior Day Out in Louisville. Participants will enjoy a complimentary lunch, educational activities, health screenings, guest speakers, dancing, Bingo and much more.

10/4/2012
Light Up Louisville Expands, Moves to 4th Street
Light Up Louisville, the city’s beloved annual celebration to kick-off the holiday season, will expand and move to Fourth Street, creating a three-block festival of lights between the Galt House and Fourth Street Live, Mayor Greg Fischer announced today.

10/3/2012
Free Training to Become Moving Van Operators
Free training will soon be available for people who want to become long-distance moving van drivers and earn $40,000 a year or more, Mayor Greg Fischer announced today. According to industry experts, this is one job category that is about to boom, in Kentucky and across the nation. Congressman John Yarmuth and other community leaders also joined to discuss the new workforce training program which is funded by federal dollars.

10/3/2012
Councilman Peden to Host 9th Annual McNeely Lake Cleanup
Louisville Metro Councilman James Peden (District 23) will host the 9th Annual McNeely Lake Cleanup on Saturday, October 6th. The cleanup will start at 9:00 a.m. and will last approximately three hours. Participants will be given gloves and trash bags to collect debris and overgrown plant materials along the lake. A lunch by Bootleg BBQ and live music by Rascals of Ragtyme will be provided starting at 10:00 a.m. and continue until 1:00 p.m. for persons participating in this year’s efforts.

10/3/2012
Louisville Medical Center Construction Permit 35728-12-C
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District (District) proposes to issue a construction permit to Louisville Medical Center, Inc. (steam generating plant), 235 Abraham Flexner Way, in accordance with Regulation 2.03.

10/3/2012
Neighborhood Place offers free, valuable events in October
Neighborhood Place locations in Louisville will help to offer free, valuable events in October including three Living Well Workshops, a variety of financial education, prenatal and parenting classes as well as Neighborhood Place Annual Day.

10/2/2012
President Jim King Presents Fall Family Music Night at Emerson Gardens Park
Louisville’s newest public greenspace will host its first family music night since the ribbon cutting and dedication. The new Emerson Gardens Park is on the corner of Hickory and Sylvia Streets in the Schnitzelburg neighborhood. This is the former site of Emerson School and is also home to a popular community garden.

10/1/2012
“Wild and Woolly In The Woods”: Zombie Hike at Jefferson Memorial Forest
Join the ranks of the ‘walking dead’ for a frightfully good time at “Wild and Woolly In The Woods”, at Jefferson Memorial Forest, October 13. It’s the second annual zombie hike at the forest and gets underway at 7 p.m. All attending are encouraged to wear their best zombie attire!

10/1/2012
Free Shredding Event Saturday, October 6, 2012
Free shredding event Saturday, October 6, 2012

10/1/2012
9th District Fall Forum on Tues, Oct. 9th
Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh hosts Ninth District Fall Community Forum on Tuesday, October 9th

10/1/2012
Councilwoman Scott and LMPD to take a public safety walk in the Chickasaw Neighborhood
Following last week’s deadly shooting and incidents of increased gang activity in the area, Councilwoman Attica Scott and Major Bill Kristofeck of the 2nd Division of Louisville Metro Police will be doing a District 1 Public Safety Walk on Tuesday, October 2nd.

9/28/2012
Mayor Announces Innovation Competition to Increase College Graduates
One really bright, workable concept for increasing the number of college graduates in Louisville could win you a really big prize – $20,000. Mayor Greg Fischer today announced the 55,000 Degrees Innovation in Education Attainment Competition, a world-wide quest for knowledge-building innovations sponsored by the Gheens Foundation.

9/28/2012
METCO Approves Two Loans to Small Businesses
Two loans in the amount of $160,000 were approved by the Louisville Metropolitan Business Development Corporation. These loans will leverage $860,000 in total investment.

9/27/2012
Free Stop Smoking Classes in October
The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness, the Kentucky Cancer Program and other community partners are offering free stop smoking classes using the Cooper/Clayton method. The Cooper/Clayton method to stop smoking is a 13- week program that includes weekly support group meetings combined with the use of nicotine replacement products such as patches and gum. Participants receive free weekly supplies of nicotine replacement products.

9/26/2012
Updated - LIHEAP Early Registrations Begin October 1, 2012
Home heating costs can be a large expense for families in the winter, so the Louisville Metro Community Action Partnership (CAP) will begin accepting pre-registration heating assistance applications on Monday, October 1, 2012. The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) provides financial assistance to help income eligible citizens pay utility bills. Pre-registration is only for Jefferson County residents within 130% of the federal poverty level who are on a fixed income and elderly (55 years or older) or disabled receiving social security, SSI, pension or Black Lung benefits.

9/25/2012
Metro Parks Gears Up for "Golftober"
During every weekend of October, Metro Parks will offer an affordable family golfing package at each of its nine golf courses known as, “Golftober!”

9/25/2012
Ted Smith Accepts White House Award
Ted Smith, Louisville Metro’s Chief of Economic Growth and Innovation, was named a “Local Innovation Champion of Change” late last week, by the White House through a program that recognizes innovators in various sectors of the economy.

9/25/2012
Now Taking Appointments for Flu Shots
The Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness is now taking appointments for flu immunizations. Immunizations are available to everyone six months and older.

9/24/2012
Public Health and Wellness Offers Free Diabetes Classes
The Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness will hold a series of four free classes for individuals interested in learning about and managing diabetes. Classes begin Monday, October 1 at the South Louisville Community Center at 2911 Taylor Blvd.

9/24/2012
Citizens Can Now Recycle Used Cooking Oil
Louisville Metro’s Department of Solid Waste Management is now offering four collection sites to recycle cooking oil, providing yet another way for citizens to make Louisville a more sustainable city

9/24/2012
Next “Talk with Tom” set for Saturday, September 29th
The next “Talk with Tom” will be held at Highland Coffee, 1140 Bardstown Road from 9:00am to 11:00am on Saturday, September 29th.

9/24/2012
City Performance Director Recognized by "Forty Under 40"
Theresa Reno-Weber, the director of Metro Government’s new Office for Performance Improvement is among the young city leaders included on the annual list of “Forty Under 40” by Business First of Louisville.

9/24/2012
Shanklin encourages residents to come out and enjoy 2012 Newburg Community Day
One of Metro Louisville’s well established neighborhoods will come together this weekend for a traditional celebration of unity and pride when “Newburg Community Days” gets underway on Saturday, September 29th and Sunday September 30th.

9/24/2012
Mayor Appoints Emly as Chief Engineer for MSD
As the Metropolitan Sewer District continues to move forward into a phased consolidation with Louisville Water, Mayor Greg Fischer announced today that he had appointed a new chief engineer for MSD and a new secretary/treasurer.

9/23/2012
Rohm & Haas - Louisville Plant. Construction Permit 35996-12-C
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District (District) proposes to issue a construction permit to Rohm and Haas - Louisville Plant (resin manufacturing plant), 4200 Campground Road, in accordance with Regulation 2.03.

9/21/2012
Hamilton encourages everyone to come out for the West Louisville Food Summit
Eating right is a healthy goal for everyone. The key to eating healthy is knowing what to eat and also how to fix healthy food. It is a goal that is easier to achieve that you think. Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D-5) is encouraging residents of the area to come out to the West Louisville Food Summit on Sunday, September 23rd to learn more about the healthy choices everyone can make in their life when it comes to food.

9/21/2012
City Sponsors First CycLOUvia Event
Mayor Greg Fischer announced today that Bardstown Rd./Baxter Ave., from Broadway to the Douglass Loop, will close to vehicular traffic on Sunday, October 14, from 2 – 6 p.m. to become a paved linear park, where residents and visitors can bike, walk, skate, and dance.

9/21/2012
Metro Councilman Engel Hosts Annual Metro Animal Services Rabies, License and Microchip Clinic
Councilman Robin Engel welcomes Metro Animal Services mobile unit Friday, September 28, 2012 between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Fern Creek Community Center (6104 Bardstown Road). Pet owners will be able to have their pets licensed, vaccinated and/or implanted with a microchip during this clinic. All services will be offered on a first come, first serve basis.

9/21/2012
Sud-Chemie (South Plant) FEDOOP Permit 74-97-F(R5)
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District (District) proposes to issue a federally enforceable District origin operating permit (FEDOOP) with STAR Enfironmental Acceptability Demonstration to Sud-Chemie, Inc, South Plant (catalyst manufacturer)

9/21/2012
Shawnee Neighborhood Plan Advisory Committee will meet on Monday, September 24th
Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D-5) announces the next meeting of the Shawnee Neighborhood Plan Advisory Committee will be on Monday, September 24th.

9/21/2012
District 5 Fall Music Festival set for Sunday, September 23rd in Chickasaw Park
Music will fill the air in Chickasaw Park on Sunday, September 23rd when the District 5 Fall Music Festival gets underway as part of the annual District 5 Community Celebration sponsored by Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton.

9/20/2012
Louisville Is Among 12 Cities Honored for Advancing Innovative Programs
The Cities for Financial Empowerment Coalition, a group of municipal governments – including Louisville – that is dedicated to helping low-income residents achieve long-term financial stability, was presented today with the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED) Assets & Opportunity Award. The award, the only one of its kind, honors groups and individuals who are advancing the field of asset-building in the United States and increasing the use of financial products and services that allow low-income families to buy a home, pursue higher education, start a business and move up the economic ladder.

9/20/2012
Kentucky Supreme Court rules for Jefferson County Attorney forbids ex parte communications in court
Kentucky Supreme Court rules for Jefferson County Attorney: forbids ex parte communications in court cases

9/20/2012
Mayor Fischer Names Four to the Board of Health
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer recently appointed four new members to the Louisville Metro Board of Health.

9/19/2012
TARC Awarded Grant for All-Electric Buses
All-electric buses with zero air polluting emissions will become part of Louisville’s public transportation fleet as a result of a $4.4 million federal grant awarded to TARC.

9/19/2012
King and German/Paristown Neighborhood officially dedicate newest District 10 Green Project
At first glance, the garden at the corner of Ellison and Swan Streets enhances the beauty of an historic neighborhood in District 10.What many may not know is the garden is also one of the newest efforts to control storm water from heavy rains.

9/18/2012
LIHEAP Vendor Meetings on September 20, 2012
All vendors wishing to participate in the LIHEAP 2012-2013 program are encouraged to attend one of the important informational sessions scheduled on Thurs., Sept. 20. LIHEAP, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, is a federally-funded program that provides financial assistance to help eligible low-income households meet their home heating needs. LIHEAP vendors are defined as any business that supplies energy, such as rental facilities where utilities are included in the rent, or provides home heating fuel to individuals applying for the LIHEAP program. Examples of home heating fuel include oil, kerosene, propane, bottled gas, wood, electric or natural gas.

9/17/2012
Mayor Launches New Music Series at Metro Hall
A new monthly series showcasing local and regional musicians and artists will be held in the historic setting of Louisville Metro Hall downtown, Mayor Greg Fischer announced today.

9/14/2012
City Accepts Tree Donation to Start Increasing Tree Canopy
Mayor Greg Fischer helped plant the first three trees as part of a donation of 1,000 trees from waste management company, Ecotech, in celebration of its 15th anniversary.

9/13/2012
September District 12 Dialogue to feature Craig Buthod of the Louisville Free Public Library
Metro Louisville is moving forward in developing new, improved and state of the art libraries, including the proposed new Southwest Regional Library. On September 18th, the District 12 Dialogue will feature the man in charge of moving the Libraries forward. Craig Buthod, Executive Director of the Louisville Free Public Library System.

9/13/2012
Ward-Pugh and Scott volunteer to help Habitat for Humanity
Ward-Pugh and Scott join Girls Scouts to help Habitat

9/13/2012
City Government Focuses on Innovation at IdeaFestival
Mayor Greg Fischer and his leadership team will relocate their offices to the IdeaFestival next week, a move designed to encourage breakthrough thinking. City government is also launching a series of workshops on the first day of the festival, which are designed to promote innovation in government

9/12/2012
Proposed Agreed Board Order with Reynolds Consumer Products, Inc.
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control Board will hold a public hearing on September 19, 2012, on a proposed Agreed Board Order for additional control of volatile organic compounds at Reynolds Consumer Products, Inc., Louisville Foil Plant, issued pursuant to District Regulations 1.08 and 2.16

9/12/2012
Metro Council members urge community to learn more about how to recognize meth labs in your neighbor
In 2011, Louisville Metro Police officers came across 107 meth lab locations in Metro Louisville. In an effort to protect neighborhoods and communities, LMPD and the South Jefferson Community Partnership of the Louisville Metro Alliance for Youth are offering three workshops on how to spot a meth lab in your neighborhood.

9/12/2012
Louisville Named One of the Best Communities for Young People
Louisville today was named one of America’s Promise Alliance’s 100 Best Communities for Young People presented by ING. The national award was given to Louisville to recognize its work in addressing the high school dropout crisis and for its programs and services that make it an outstanding place for youth to live, learn and grow.

9/11/2012
Fischer Named to Key National Program
The Urban Land Institute (ULI) Daniel Rose Center for Public Leadership has named Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and three other outstanding local community leaders to serve in fellowships for the Center through 2013.

9/11/2012
Ford Makes Donations to Charities in Louisville, Lexington
Ford today announced that the company, its employees and dealers are donating more than $1.2 million to nonprofits in the Louisville and Lexington areas this year.

9/11/2012
Metro Parks Prepares for Camping Season
Minutes away from Metro Louisville, the Forest offers a convenient yet remote tent camping experience. Located within the Horine Reservation, the campground is adjacent to the Forest’s trail system and can accommodate both families and groups.

9/10/2012
Councilman James Peden Announces Final Performance for Friday Fest Concert Series at Highview Park
Metro Councilman James Peden (District 23) is sponsoring a free summer concert series at Highview Park based on the success of the former Music in the Metro. A different concert has been held every other Friday from July through September and the event is open to the public, family friendly, and free. Local vendors will be on hand with a variety of food options, and people are encouraged to bring a chair or blanket to enjoy the show. Highview Park is located at 7201 Outer Loop, (enter through Briscoe Lane).

9/10/2012
Metro Councilman Downard issues Statement Regarding the Spring Creek HOA Tragedy
Metro Councilman Kelly Downard (District 16), has released the following statement regarding the deaths of Spring Creek Homeowners Association Officers David Merritt and Marvin Fisher.

9/10/2012
Mayor Announces New Bike Parking Options
Surrounded by members of the bike community, Mayor Greg Fischer today announced the creation of nearly 250 bike parking spaces located in 19 PARC garages throughout Louisville. All bike parking will be free. “I want to see Louisville become a healthier community. With safe and secure bike parking located across the city, this will encourage more people to ride to events downtown or even give bike commuting a try,” Fischer said. “For our enthusiastic bike community already out on the roadways, this is an amenity that will offer a new kind of convenience.”

9/8/2012
Lubrizol Advanced Materials, Inc. Construction Permit 35684-12-C
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District (District) proposes to issue a Title V Construction permit to Lubrizol Advanced Materials, Inc. (chemical manufacturing plant), 4200 Bells Lane, in accordance with Regulation 2.03. The source will construct a new emergency generator. The public comment period starts September 9, 2012 and ends on October 9, 2012. A public hearing may be scheduled if the District determines that there are germane, unresolved issues or substantial public interest, in accordance with Regulation 2.07.

9/7/2012
Councilman Blackwell announces District 12 Health Fair set for Friday, September 14th
Councilman Rick Blackwell is inviting everyone to learn more about how to live a healthy lifestyle by taking advantage of the District 12 Health Fair set for Friday, September 14th at the Beechland Baptist Church, 4613 Greenwood Road from 9:00am to 2:00pm.

9/5/2012
Neighborhood Place partners to provide workshops on drug and violence prevention
Neighborhood Place locations in Louisville will help to offer free, valuable events in September including a teen dating violence prevention program, a town hall meeting on how to recognize a meth lab, as well as a re-stock festival for school supplies and classes on baby safety.

9/5/2012
Metro Councilman Miller to Host District 19 Town Hall Meeting in Berrytown
Louisville Metro Councilman Jerry T. Miller (District 19) will hold a district meeting on Monday, September 17, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. at the Berrytown Community Center (1340 Heafer Road). Councilman Miller will be joined by representatives from the Louisville Metro Police Department, Metro Parks, Metropolitan Sewer District, Housing Partnership, Transit Authority of River City, YMCA, Inspections, Permits & Licenses and Center for Neighborhoods.

9/5/2012
Councilwoman Scott welcomes “Talk to Greg” to District 1 on Monday, September 10th
Councilwoman Attica Scott welcomes Mayor Greg Fischer and Metro Government to District 1 when “Talk to Greg” comes to Brandeis Elementary and the Historic Parkland area on Monday, September 10th.

9/4/2012
Metro Councilman Benson to Host District 20 Town Hall Meeting
Louisville Metro Councilman Stuart Benson will hold a District 20 Town Hall meeting on Wednesday, September 5, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. at the Middletown Fire Department (108 Urton Lane). Councilman Benson will be joined by representatives from the Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD), Metro Public Works, the Louisville Water Company, LG&E, Metro Planning & Design, Louisville Metro Police Department, Inspections, Permits & Licenses (IPL) and the Kentucky Department of Transportation.

9/3/2012
“Zookeeper” wraps up another success summer of Free Summer Movies at Iroquois Amphitheater
The 2012 Free Summer Movies program wraps up another successful run with a film about a man who not only talks to the animals but they help him win the love of his life. “Zookeeper” starring Kevin James will be the season finale on Saturday, September 8 at 8:30pm at the Iroquois Amphitheater.

8/31/2012
Eckart America Corporation Construction Permit 35661-12-C
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District (District) opens a public comment period on September 1, 2012, to issue a construction permit for a mixer in accordance with Regulation 2.03 for Eckart America Corporation, 4101 Camp Ground Road. The 30 day public comment period starts September 1, 2012 and ends on October 1, 2012.

8/31/2012
September is National Preparedness Month
Will you be prepared in the event of a disaster? Year round preparation is topped off in September, National Preparedness Month.

8/30/2012
Welch invites District 13 constituents to come out for September’s “Coffee with your Councilwoman”
With the fall season at hand, Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch is inviting residents of District 13 to the next “Coffee with Your Councilwoman” on Tuesday, September 18th.

8/30/2012
Metro Council members help sponsor “Taste of South Louisville” for South Louisville Community Minist
Where can you taste great food and give a helping hand to those in need? The answer can be found at the Third Annual “Taste of South Louisville” on Saturday, September 8th at Bellarmine University.

8/30/2012
Mayor Launches 25 Year Vision Initiative
Vision Louisville — www.visionlouisville.com — will be a year-long process that seeks to define the future of the city through a collaborative and inclusive planning process. It will attempt to lay a blueprint for economic growth and sustainability that will make Louisville competitive globally while maintaining the qualities that make the city unique.

8/29/2012
West Nile Confirmed in a Second Louisville Resident
The Kentucky Department for Public Health has confirmed Louisville’s second case of West Nile virus.

8/29/2012
Air Quality Alert for Thursday August 30
The air quality is expected to be unhealthy for sensitive groups.

8/29/2012
First Phase of Crittenden Drive Relocation Complete
Fischer, Louisville Regional Airport Authority (LRAA) officials and state leaders celebrate the completion of the first phase of the Crittenden Drive Relocation Project, which eliminated the first of two “pinch points” in the roadway’s alignment that encroached on mandatory clearance zones for a new taxiway.

8/29/2012
Louisville Gas and Electric Mill Creek Construction Permits 35668-12-C and 35673-12-C
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District (District) proposes to issue construction permits to LG&E Mill Creek Generating Station (electricity generating plant), 14660 Dixie Highway for construction and installation of a pelletizing process. The 30 day public comment period starts August 30, 2012 and ends on October 1, 2012.

8/29/2012
Public Health and Wellness Offers Free Diabetes Classes
The Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness will hold a series of four free classes for individuals interested in learning about and managing diabetes. Classes begin Tuesday, September 4 at the Kenwood Baptist Church at 8900 W. Hwy 22, Crestwood, KY.

8/28/2012
82nd Annual Fairdale Community Fair features District 13 Health Expo and New Cut Road Trolley Hop
For more than 80 years, it is one of the largest local festivals in Metro Louisville focusing on community pride bringing over 20,000 visitors to the Fairdale area for a weekend in September.

8/27/2012
Metro Parks Offering Affordable Family Golf Package During Labor Day Weekend
To encourage local families to visit their municipally-owned golf courses, Metro Parks is offering an affordable family golfing package at its nine golf courses during Labor Day weekend.

8/24/2012
Air Quality Alert for Saturday August 25
The air quality is expected to be unhealthy for sensitive groups.

8/24/2012
METCO Approves Loans to Four Local Businesses
Four loans in the amount of $625,000 were approved by the Louisville Metropolitan Business Development Corporation. These loans will leverage $9.7 million in total investment.

8/24/2012
West Nile Virus Confirmed in a Louisville Resident
Louisville has its first laboratory confirmed human case of West Nile virus this year. The individual is recovering. The city has had one human West Nile case each year for the past three years

8/23/2012
Louisville’s City Website Named Best in the Nation
Louisville Metro Government has been awarded first place in the Center for Digital Government’s annual Best of the Web competition, Mayor Greg Fischer announced today. After finishing in the top four every year since 2006 including two consecutive second place finishes in 2010 and 2011, www.louisvilleky.gov has claimed the top prize in the city portal category. The Best of the Web awards recognize outstanding government portals and websites based on innovation, functionality and efficiency. Louisville’s website took the top prize for its focus on making city services and government widely available online.

8/23/2012
Air Quality Alert for Friday August 24
The air quality is expected to be unhealthy for sensitive groups.

8/23/2012
Metro Council strengthens illegal dumping ordinance
By a unanimous vote, the Louisville Metro Council on Thursday passed an updated version of the Illegal Dumping Ordinance passed earlier this year. The changes have strengthened Metro Government’s ability to impound vehicles involved in illegal dumping.

8/22/2012
James sponsors The California Community Day: a great summer celebration for District 6
One of Louisville’s oldest and proudest neighborhoods will carry on a great summer tradition this weekend. Councilman David James (D-6) will join many others on Saturday, August 25th for the annual California Community Day.

8/22/2012
Shanklin announces “Newburg Community Fun Day” set for September 29th
At the overwhelming requests of residents in the community, Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin (D-2) is announcing that the people of Newburg and Norfolk will have a community festival on Saturday, September 29th called “Newburg Community Fun Day.”

8/22/2012
Air Quality Alert for Thursday August 23
The air quality is expected to be unhealthy for sensitive groups.

8/22/2012
Outdoor Skills Programs Offered at Jefferson Memorial Forest
As the heat of summer cools down, the great outdoors beckons, and Jefferson Memorial Forest is offering two courses designed to help everyone feel comfortable and confident in exploring the beauty of the forest and other natural areas in the region.

8/22/2012
Mayor Fischer Accepts $10,000 Park Improvement Grant from Sprite
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer joined Louisville Metro Parks officials today in accepting a $10,000 grant from Sprite that will go toward refurbishing the basketball court at Portland Park.

8/22/2012
Flood joins local and state officials to honor former State Representative Dottie Priddy
On Wednesday August 15th, Dottie Priddy was honored when a section of Preston Highway in the area where she served the people will be renamed in her honor. She was a former State Representative and a member of the Jefferson County Board of Education

8/21/2012
Greater Louisville, Inc. to establish Old Louisville Economic Development Committee to further effor
Calling Old Louisville’s efforts for economic development focused and energized, Councilman David James (D-6) officially dissolved the Oak Street Task Force at today’s final meeting of the committee.

8/21/2012
Air Quality Alert for Wednesday August 22
The air quality is expected to be unhealthy for sensitive groups.

8/21/2012
Councilman Miller to Lobby for State Pension Reform
Metro Councilman Jerry T. Miller will be in Frankfort today to lobby members of the General Assembly’s Task Force on Kentucky Public Pensions. Prior to today’s 1 p.m. meeting, in Capital Annex Room 149, Councilman Miller will lobby for real reforms in public pension policies that will fix our long-term unsustainable debt.

8/21/2012
13th Annual Back to School Block Party on Sept 7th
Councilwoman Ward-Pugh hosts 13th Annual Back in School Block Party for the Ninth District. Free event gets underway on Friday, September 7th

8/20/2012
Next “Ask Attica” is set for Tuesday, August 28th at Crums Lane Elementary School
Councilwoman Attica Scott is inviting residents of District 1 to learn more about three very important programs in the community when the next “Ask Attica” gets underway on Tuesday, August 28th.

8/20/2012
Tattered Teddies Training Underway to assist in Suicide Prevention among Younger Children
The Louisville Metro Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention will be holding its final day of training for Louisville area school counselors, nurses, psychologists and other mental health professionals on the warning signs and risk factors associated with suicides among students age twelve and under.

8/17/2012
Improving Metro Government Performance is the topic for the August District 12 Dialogue
Councilman Rick Blackwell will host the Metro Director of Performance Improvement at the next District 12 Dialogue on Tuesday, August 21st.t District 12 Dialogue

8/16/2012
Mayor's Hike, Bike & Paddle Returns Labor Day
Thousands of people will hit the streets and the Ohio River this Labor Day as cyclists, walkers, canoeists and kayakers turn out for the 16th Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Subway Fresh Fit Hike, Bike &Paddle Sept. 3 at Waterfront Park.

8/16/2012
WorldFest Offers Music, Food, Culture Labor Day Weekend
WorldFest, one of the region’s largest international festivals, celebrates its 10th anniversary with three days of expanded world food, music, dance and culture this Labor Day weekend on Louisville’s Belvedere downtown.

8/16/2012
New Options For Citizens Dropping Off Bulk Waste Items
Metro’s Solid Waste Management is partnering with Waste Management to offer new options for bulk waste disposal.

8/15/2012
Bank On Louisville Celebrates Its Second Anniversary
Mayor Greg Fischer today celebrated the successful second year of Bank On Louisville (BOL) with program sponsors and participants, touting its impact on Louisville's financial well-being. Bank On Louisville, a partnership between the Louisville Metro Departments of Economic Growth & Innovation and Community Services and Revitalization, launched in July 2010, and is one of more than 70 “Bank On” institutions in the nation committed to connecting low- and moderate-income residents to mainstream financial services in order to avoid costly fringe financial services.

8/15/2012
District 1 Back to School event set for Saturday, August 18th
With a new school year soon to begin, Councilwoman Attica Scott (D-1) announces a “Back to School” event set for this Saturday, August 18th at the Southwick Community Center. “We want to make sure every child starts off to school on the right foot,” says Scott. “We will have school supplies, health checks and important school information for children and parents.”

8/14/2012
Mayor Fischer names Virginia Peck as the Director of Community Services and Revitalization
Saying her three decades of leadership in federal housing will serve Louisville well, Mayor Greg Fischer today named Virginia Peck as Director of Community Services and Revitalization. Peck worked for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development from 1970 to 2010 and served in a variety of roles, most recently as Director of Community Planning and Development for HUD’s Kentucky office. “Virginia has a rare depth of knowledge — coupled with expertise in federal policy — that will help us transform Community Services and Revitalization into a national model agency that helps our city’s most vulnerable families while helping rebuild neighborhoods,” Fischer said.

8/13/2012
Mayor Calls for Crisis Response Team Volunteers
Mayor Greg Fischer and the Louisville Metro Violence Prevention Work Group are asking people to volunteer for a response team that will be deployed in crisis situations to lessen trauma and reduce the long term impacts of violence in Louisville.

8/10/2012
Metro Council members Benson, Kramer, Engel to Host Mobile Mammography Clinic
Councilmen Stuart Benson (District 20), Kevin Kramer (District 11) and Robin Engel (District 22) in conjunction with the Metro Health Department, the Partnership for Cancer Control, the Kentucky Cancer Program and the National Breast Cancer Foundation are hosting a Mobile Mammography Clinic for area women age 40 and over. The clinic will be conducted at the Glenridge Health Campus (6415 Calm River Way) on Monday, September 17 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

8/10/2012
Councilman Brent Ackerson hosts Town Hall Meeting on Saturday, August 18th
Councilman Brent Ackerson will be hosting a Town Hall meeting for the people of District 26 Saturday, August 18th. The Town Hall will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 am at Saint Barnabas Catholic Church, 3042 Hikes Lane.

8/10/2012
Metro Council members Benson, Kramer, Engel to Host Mobile Mammography Clinic
Councilmen Stuart Benson (District 20), Kevin Kramer (District 11) and Robin Engel (District 22) in conjunction with the Metro Health Department, the Partnership for Cancer Control, the Kentucky Cancer Program and the National Breast Cancer Foundation are hosting a Mobile Mammography Clinic for area women age 40 and over. The clinic will be conducted at the Glenridge Health Campus (6415 Calm River Way) on Monday, September 17 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

8/10/2012
Metro Council members Benson, Kramer, Engel to Host Mobile Mammography Clinic
Councilmen Stuart Benson (District 20), Kevin Kramer (District 11) and Robin Engel (District 22) in conjunction with the Metro Health Department, the Partnership for Cancer Control, the Kentucky Cancer Program and the National Breast Cancer Foundation are hosting a Mobile Mammography Clinic for area women age 40 and over. The clinic will be conducted at the Glenridge Health Campus (6415 Calm River Way) on Monday, September 17 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

8/9/2012
Councilmembers Kramer and Benson to Hold Joint Town Hall Meeting
Louisville Metro Councilmembers Kevin Kramer (District 11) and Stuart Benson (District 20) will hold a joint Town Hall Meeting on August 28th at 6:30 p.m.at the Jeffersontown United Methodist Church, (10219 Taylorsville Road.) Councilmembers Kramer and Benson will be joined by representatives from Metro Public Works, Metro Codes and Regulations, Metropolitan Sewer District, Louisville Water Company, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, and LG&E.

8/9/2012
Heritage Hall Offers Seniors a Fun Time at the Kentucky State Fair
Heritage Hall will provide Seniors 55 and over with a comfortable, relaxed and fun environment at the Kentucky State Fair, August 16 – 26.

8/9/2012
Councilmembers Kramer and Benson to Hold Joint Town Hall Meeting
Louisville Metro Councilmembers Kevin Kramer (District 11) and Stuart Benson (District 20) will hold a joint Town Hall Meeting on August 28th at 6:30 p.m.at the Jeffersontown United Methodist Church, (10219 Taylorsville Road.) Councilmembers Kramer and Benson will be joined by representatives from Metro Public Works, Metro Codes and Regulations, Metropolitan Sewer District, Louisville Water Company, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, and LG&E.

8/9/2012
Metro Council Overrides Mayor’s Veto of Landmarks Ordinance
By a vote of 18 to 7, the Louisville Metro Council has voted to override the Mayor’s Veto of the recently passed landmarks ordinance.

8/9/2012
Metro Council Overrides Mayor’s Veto of Landmarks Ordinance
By a vote of 18 to 7, the Louisville Metro Council has voted to override the Mayor’s Veto of the recently passed landmarks ordinance. The ordinance, which was passed in an effort to include more community involvement and notification before a structure is designated as a landmark will become law, and marks the first time since the establishment of merged government that the council has taken such action.

8/7/2012
Metro Council is latest government group to join new recycling effort at Historic City Hall
On Monday, August 6th the Louisville Metro Council became the next Metro Government agency to participate in the city’s new single-stream recycling initiative for all Metro buildings.

8/7/2012
Councilwoman Scott invites community to see firsthand how LockUpLead works to make District 1 safer
Councilwoman Attica Scott (D-1) and other community groups are inviting residents to a very special open house on Wednesday, August 8th. This house is the first of many where the threat of lead poisoning has been minimized thanks to the “LockUpLead” program.

8/7/2012
“Cars 2” is next Free Summer Movie on Friday, August 10th at Iroquois Amphitheater
Lighting McQueen, Tow Mater and friends are all part of international intrigue and fun when “Cars 2” comes to the Iroquois Amphitheatre for the next Free Summer Movie on Friday, August 10th.

8/7/2012
District 1 moving forward with needed “Quiet Zone” at railroad crossings
The effort to establish a “Quiet Zone” at Railroad Crossings in the Wilson Avenue and Woodland Avenue area has taken a major step forward with the announcement of $1.8 million in funding for needed improvements.

8/7/2012
Air Quality Alert for Wednesday August 8
The air quality is expected to be unhealthy for sensitive groups.

8/7/2012
Metro Parks Hosting Public Meeting on A.B. Sawyer Park Master Plan
Metro Parks will host a public meeting on Tuesday, August 21, to discuss future plans for A.B. Sawyer Park. The meeting will take place from 7-8:30 p.m. at Lyndon City Hall, 515 Wood Road.

8/6/2012
Air Quality Alert for Tuesday August 7
The air quality is expected to be unhealthy.

8/6/2012
Mayor Fischer Names Historic Preservation Officer
Mayor Fischer Names Cynthia Johnson as City Historic Preservation Officer

8/3/2012
Brightside/Coca-Cola Volleyball Sets Record
23rd Annual Brightside/Coca-Cola Volleyball Classic Sets Record

8/1/2012
Air Quality Alert for Wednesday August 1
The air quality is expected to be unhealthy for sensitive groups.

8/1/2012
Neighborhood Place helps to offer Back to School events in August
Neighborhood Place locations in Louisville will help to offer free, valuable events in August including four back to school events, an employment and resource fair and an educational baby shower. To learn more about these events, including reservations requirements and contact info, please refer to the phone numbers listed by each event.

8/1/2012
Air Quality Alert for Thursday August 2
The air quality is expected to be unhealthy for sensitive groups.

7/31/2012
Green Roof to Top Nucleus Building
The first new building at Nucleus Innovation Park-Market Street will sport a green roof and other environmentally-friendly features.

7/31/2012
Public Health and Wellness Offers Free Diabetes Classes
The Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness will hold a series of four free classes for individuals interested in learning about and managing diabetes. Classes begin Thursday, August 23 at the Portland Promise Center at 1831 Baird St.

7/30/2012
Mayor, Attorney General Announce National Mortgage Foreclosure Settlement
Mayor Greg Fischer joined Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway to announce today that more than $3 million of the $19.2 million Kentucky received as part of the National Mortgage Settlement will be used to help rid Louisville of vacant and abandoned properties in targeted neighborhoods.

7/27/2012
Ward-Pugh, GE volunteers and high school students helped move WaterStep to new location
Ward-Pugh, GE volunteers and high school students to assist WaterStep with move to new headquarters

7/27/2012
Healthcare Businesses and Facade Improvements Approved by METCO
Three loans in the amount of $225,000 were approved by the Louisville Metropolitan Business Development Corporation. These loans will leverage $2.2 million in total investment.

7/27/2012
Metro Animal Services High Intake Numbers Prompt Adoption Special
Animal Services Extremely Concerned About Intake Numbers Animal House/Manslick offers adoption discounts

7/27/2012
Golfers Offered $3 Discount During August at Metro Parks Courses
Golfers are being offered a $3 discount during August at Metro Parks golf courses.

7/26/2012
Hiking & Canoeing Events July 28 At Jefferson Memorial Forest
Jefferson Memorial Forest is offering two ways to enjoy the great outdoors on Saturday, July 28: A Guided Hike at Moremans Hill and Family Canoe Day at Tom Wallace Lake.

7/26/2012
August 1, 2012 Meeting Canceled on Proposed Changes to APCD Permitting Program
On July 24, 2012, the District announced that it would be hosting stakeholder meetings on July 25, 2012, and August 1, 2012, to discuss changes to Regulation 2.08 Fees. Following the July 25, 2012, meeting, a decision was made to cancel the meeting scheduled for August 1, 2012, and to reschedule it after drafts of the proposed regulations are available. Once prepared, drafts of the proposed regulations will be sent for informal and formal review to all persons who have requested to be informed of proposed changes to any District regulations; EPA Region 4; and the Kentucky Division for Air Quality. During the formal comment period, pursuant to Regulation 1.08, Administrative Procedures, the public will have a 30-day period in which to make written comments and an opportunity to speak at a public hearing prior to adoption of the regulations. If you would like to be added to the list of interested persons, please sign up by visiting: http://www.louisvilleky.gov/APCD/EMailLists.htm or e-mail the District at “airregs@louisvilleky.gov”.

7/26/2012
Metro Council approves changes to Landmarks Ordinance
By a vote of 16 to 7, the Louisville Metro Council has amended the landmarks ordinance to include more community involvement and notification before a structure is designated as a landmark.

7/26/2012
Metro Council approves changes to Landmarks Ordinance
By a vote of 16 to 7, the Louisville Metro Council has amended the landmarks ordinance to include more community involvement and notification before a structure is designated as a landmark.

7/26/2012
Metro Council passes ordinance for better tracking of metal theft
By a unanimous vote, the Louisville Metro Council is putting into place significant steps to address the problem of scrap metal theft throughout the city. The ordinance will offer tools to track scrap metal transactions and make it more difficult for scrap metal thieves to successfully sell stolen property.

7/25/2012
Sealed Air Corporation FEDOOP Permit 27917-12-F
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District (District) proposes to issue a FEDOOP Permit to Seaked Air Corporation.

7/25/2012
Iroquois Amphitheater Presents Gilbert & Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore
A highlight of the 2012 season is the “Iroquois Amphitheater Presents” production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s well-known and well-loved comedic operetta H.M.S. Pinafore., runs August 17 – 25. A nautical comedy set to some of the duo’s most witty and memorable lyrics and melodies, it includes a tale of love across class boundaries, of rousing patriotism, and of how to employ the unqualified!

7/24/2012
Councilman James applauds Mayor Fischer and USTA efforts for new tennis courts in California Park
Councilman David James (D-6 joined Mayor Greg Fischer and officials with the United States Tennis Association on Tuesday for the formal dedication of five new tennis courts located in California Park

7/24/2012
Louisville Water and MSD to Pursue Consolidation
After reviewing the Public Utilities Task Force report and having gathered input from a wide range of citizens, Mayor Greg Fischer announced today that the city will pursue a phased consolidation of Louisville Water and the Metropolitan Sewer District.

7/24/2012
Proposed Changes to APCD Permitting Program
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District (District) is issuing a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPR) to provide an overview of a set of proposed changes to the District’s Part 2 Permitting program and related regulations. These will include proposed amendments to Regulations 1.02, 2.02, 2.03, 2.08, 2.16, 2.17, and a new Regulation 2.18. The District will host stakeholder meetings on July 25, 2012, and August 1, 2012, to discuss changes to Regulation 2.08 Fees. Drafts of the proposed regulations will then be sent for informal and formal review to all persons who have requested to be informed of proposed changes to any District regulations; EPA Region 4; and the Kentucky Division for Air Quality. During the formal comment period, pursuant to Regulation 1.08, Administrative Procedures, the public will have a 30-day period in which to make written comments and an opportunity to speak at a public hearing prior to adoption of the regulations. If adopted by the Board, Regulations 1.02, 2.02, 2.03, 2.17, and 2.18 will be submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for inclusion in the State Implementation Plan.

7/24/2012
Welch announces next “Coffee with your Councilwoman” set for Saturday, August 11th
Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch is issuing an invitation for residents of District 13 to come out and have “Coffee with your Councilwoman” on Saturday, August 11th.

7/24/2012
“Coffee with your Councilman” set for District 12 on Saturday August 11th
Residents of District 12 have another opportunity to meet with Councilman Rick Blackwell when “Coffee with Your Councilman” gets underway on Saturday, August 11th.

7/23/2012
Metro Parks Offers Convenient Parking for the 2012 U of L Football Season
With the 2012 University of Louisville football season fast approaching, Metro Parks is offering secure, affordable and convenient parking for home games. Parking passes for Churchill Park – adjacent to Papa John's Cardinal Stadium on Floyd Street and Byrne Avenue – are now available.

7/23/2012
Preservation Redevelopment on East Main Makes Way for New Downtown Bridge
To clear the path for construction of a new Downtown Crossing of the Ohio River Bridges Project and bolster economic redevelopment near Louisville Slugger Field, crews today began demolishing several decaying, contaminated buildings along East Main Street.

7/23/2012
Councilwoman Scott works with local groups to make vacant properties safer
As a special Ad Hoc Committee reviews the problem of vacant properties in Metro Louisville, Councilwoman Attica Scott is concerned about the safety of some of those properties. She is partnering with the Network Center for Community Change (NC3) and LockUpLead to ensure problems with lead are taken care of before any harm is done.

7/23/2012
Reward Offered In Metro Animal Services Cruelty Case
Reward Offered for Cruelty Case Involving Dangerous Leghold Trap in Louisville Neighborhood

7/18/2012
Charges Send Clear Message Animal Abuse & Neglect Not Tolerated
Man Charged By Animal Services With Animal Torture Pleads Guilty. Case sends clear message that abuse and neglect will not be tolerated.

7/18/2012
President King and Councilwoman Welch sponsor ordinance requiring nutrition information on menus in
Metro Council President Jim King (D-10) and Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13) would like to make it easier for patrons of local restaurants to make informed decisions about the calories or fat grams included in any food they may plan to order. They are the primary sponsors of an ordinance to make more nutritional information readily available.

7/18/2012
Councilwoman Woolridge invites everyone to July’s Summer Concert in Algonquin Park
Councilwoman Mary C. Woolridge (D-3) is inviting the community to the second concert in the Summer Concert Series in Algonquin Park this Saturday, July 21st. “We have had a wonderful response to our first concert in June and I want to encourage everyone to come out and enjoy themselves in one of the finest parks in Metro Louisville,” says Woolridge,

7/18/2012
Kentucky Trailer Manufacturing Title V Operating Permit 28557-12-TV
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District (District) proposes to issue an opreating permit to Kentucky Trailer Manufacturing.

7/18/2012
Fischer Named Chair of Economic Committee for Conference of Mayors
Mayor Greg Fischer has been named chairman of the Metro Economies Standing Committee of the United States Conference of Mayors. The committee focuses on economic issues important to cities, including federal policies, taxes and job creation.

7/18/2012
Public Health and Wellness Begins Residential Mosquito Fogging Tonight
Weather permitting, the Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness will begin fogging residential areas for mosquitoes tonight. The Sylvania Park and Lake Dreamland areas will be fogged tonight.

7/17/2012
Kindergarten Countdown Fair is July 23
Hundreds of 5-year-olds are expected to swarm Slugger Field the night of July 23 for the city’s annual Kindergarten Countdown Fair. The event is designed to help prepare students entering school for the first time.

7/17/2012
Registration for Metro Parks Fall Athletics Leagues Begins July 30th
With fall just around the corner, Metro Parks will begin accepting team registrations for fall athletic leagues on July 30, at the Athletics office, located at the Louisville Tennis Center, 3783 Illinois Ave, (across from the Louisville Zoo on Trevilian Way).

7/16/2012
Metro Councilman Jerry T. Miller to hold District 19 Town Hall Meeting
Louisville Metro Councilman Jerry T. Miller (District 19) will hold a district meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 7 at Middletown Fire Station #1 (108 Urton Lane). Councilman Miller will be joined by representatives from Metro Public Works, Metro Codes and Regulations, Metropolitan Sewer District, Louisville Water Company, 21st Century Parks, Metro Parks, Metro Animal Services, KIPDA, Center for Neighborhoods and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

7/16/2012
New Housing Under Construction Near Sheppard Square Redevelopment
Construction of nine new homes recently began near the site of the former Sheppard Square housing development in the Smoketown neighborhood, funded by federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) funds.

7/16/2012
Recycle Your Handheld Electronics in the District
District 9’s Green Triangle and Eco-Cell electronics recycling program on the move. Recycle handheld electronics at 15 drop off spots in the district

7/14/2012
Louisville Gas and Electric Cane Run Plant Natural Gas Combined Cycle Construction Permits 35273-12-
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District (District) proposes issuing construction permits to LG&E Cane Run Generating Station for installation of a natural gas combine cycle electricity generating facility

7/13/2012
Governor's Scholars Help Family Receive New Habitat Home
Mayor Greg Fischer joined Habitat for Humanity of Metro Louisville at 2609 West Madison Street in the Russell neighborhood to celebrate construction of the organization’s 377th home in the Louisville area. High school students from the Governor’s Scholars Program constructed the home in four weeks.

7/13/2012
Air Quality Alert for Monday July 16 has been canceled
The air quality is expected to be in the moderate range.

7/13/2012
“New Cut Road Trolley Hop” to showcase great attractions in South and Southwest Louisville
On Saturday, July 28th, everyone in Metro Louisville will have the opportunity once a month to see and enjoy the best attractions in South and Southwest Louisville when the New Cut Road Trolley Hop kicks off its inaugural run.

7/12/2012
Shanklin announces playground equipment is newest feature for Petersburg Park is ready for children
Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin (D-2) is encouraging residents of Newburg and Norfolk to take advantage of new playground equipment in Petersburg Park she secured as part of the improvements for Metro Parks.

7/12/2012
New DREAM Playground Dedicated At Petersburg Park
Gathering with dozens of children, park supporters and city officials, Mayor Greg Fischer today dedicated a new playground at Petersburg Park in the Newburg neighborhood.

7/11/2012
July’s District 12 Dialogue to feature Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt and the Metro Public Health and Wellnes
Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt, Director of Metro Public Health and Wellness Department will be the featured guest of Councilman Rick Blackwell for July’s District 12 Dialogue on Tuesday, July 17th.

7/11/2012
Yates announces public meeting for Dixie Highway Corridor Study set for Monday, July 16th
Councilman David Yates (D-25) is encouraging business owners along Dixie Highway and residents throughout South Louisville to come to a special public meeting on Monday, July 16th at the Southwest Government Center.

7/11/2012
New Dates for Citizens to Talk With Mayor Fischer
Two more of Mayor Greg Fischer’s face-to-face meetings with citizens will be held in West Louisville in September and Valley Station in November, Fischer announced today.

7/11/2012
Louisville Loop Public Meeting, July 31st
Louisville Metro Parks invites the public to participate in master planning of the Fairdale to Floyds Fork Shared-Use Path and Ecological Restoration Plan for the Louisville Loop, Tuesday, July 31, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Okolona Christian Church, 10801 Faithful Way, Louisville KY.

7/10/2012
County Attorney Reaffirms Position of Government Accountability and Ethics Chair Miller on Investiga
Metro Council Government Accountability and Ethics Committee Chairman, Jerry Miller (District 19) met with Council President Jim King and Jefferson County Attorney Mike O’Connell to discuss potential problems that could arise should the council’s GAE Committee begin their own investigation into matters related to Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin, the Petersburg/Newburg Improvement Association, and an upholstery training program.

7/10/2012
Co. Attorney Reaffirms Position of Govt. Accountability and Ethics Chair Miller on Investigation
Metro Council Government Accountability and Ethics Committee Chairman, Jerry Miller (District 19) met with Council President Jim King and Jefferson County Attorney Mike O’Connell to discuss potential problems that could arise should the council’s GAE Committee begin their own investigation into matters related to Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin, the Petersburg/Newburg Improvement Association, and an upholstery training program.

7/10/2012
“Moneyball” is the next featured Free Summer Movie in July at Iroquois Amphitheater
It’s All Star week for Major League Baseball and July’s Free Summer Movie is one that any baseball fan will love. “Moneyball” is this weekend’s free featured film at the Iroquois Amphitheater courtesy of the Louisville Metro Council.

7/10/2012
Shine On Louisville Music Fest Celebrates Mental Health and Wellness
Promoting the importance of mental wellness as an essential element of our community’s overall health, Seven Counties Services, and the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement and other community partners, will present the first Shine On Louisville Music Fest on Friday, July 20, 2012. This event, open to all at no charge, will feature some of our region’s top musical acts in an evening of melody and relaxation.

7/9/2012
Trash Bins To Become Recycling Bins in City Offices
Saying he wants to make Louisville among the most environmentally-friendly city governments in the nation, Mayor Greg Fischer today signed an executive order which will convert most city office trash cans into recycling bins.

7/9/2012
Metro Parks "Take Your Daughter to the Course" Golf Special - July 14 & 15
Metro Parks will offer free greens fees to girls aged 17 or younger the weekend of July 14-15 as part of the national “Take Your Daughter to the Course” promotion. To qualify for the free greens fee, each girl must be accompanied by one paying adult. The offer is good after 4:30 p.m. both days.

7/6/2012
Volunteers needed for Lexington Road Weeding
Ward-Pugh seeks volunteers to maintain green efforts on Lexington Road. Event set for Saturday, July 14thfrom 8:00am to 11:00am

7/6/2012
Metro Councilman Jerry Miller Replies to Call for Investigation by Brent Ackerson
The following is a response by Government Accountability and Ethics Committee Chairman, Jerry Miller (District 19) to the press release issued earlier this afternoon on behalf of the Office of Councilman Brent Ackerson.

7/6/2012
Neighborhood Place partners offer Back to School events and free workshops in July
Neighborhood Place locations in Louisville help to offer free, valuable events in July including a back-to-school health fair and resource fair, as well as a job skills workshop and parenting classes. To learn more about these events, including reservations requirements and contact info, please refer to the phone numbers listed by each event or visit http://www.louisvilleky.gov/CSR/Calendar/viewall.htm

7/6/2012
Ackerson calls on GAE Committee to begin an investigation into Courier-Journal articles on Shanklin
Councilman Brent Ackerson (D-26), Vice Chair of Metro Council Government Accountability Committee is calling upon the Committee’s Chair, Jerry Miller, R-19, to formally begin a Committee inquiry and investigation into matters related to Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin, the Petersburg/Newburg Improvement Association, and an upholstery training program.

7/5/2012
Artisan Industrial Metals FEDOOP Permit 27695-12-F
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District (District) proposes to issue a FEDOOP Permit to Artisan Industrial Metals.

7/5/2012
American Synthetic Rubber Company Flush Tank Construction Permit 35395-12-C
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District (District) proposes to issue a construction permit to American Synthetic Rubber Company for the installation of a replacement flush tank.

7/5/2012
Air Quality Alert for Friday July 6
The air quality is expected to be unhealthy.

7/3/2012
Louisville Named All-America City For Efforts to Improve Reading
Louisville was named an All-America City by the National Civic League today based on its ambitious plan to ensure that more children are reading at grade level by the end of third grade.

7/3/2012
Air Quality Alert for Thursday July 5
The air quality is expected to be unhealthy for sensitive groups.

7/3/2012
Air Quality Alert for Wednesday July 4
The air quality is expected to be unhealthy for sensitive groups.

7/2/2012
Roadway Access Design for McNeely Lake Park: Input Sought at July 17 Public Meeting
Louisville Metro Parks is hosting a public meeting to gather input on how best to provide roadway access and bicycle/pedestrian facilities to the various sections of McNeely Lake Park.

7/2/2012
District 23 Councilman James Peden Sponsors Friday Fest at Highview Park
Metro Councilman James Peden (District 23) is sponsoring a free summer concert series at Highview Park based on the success of the former Music in the Metro.

7/2/2012
Waterfront Independence Festival July 3rd and 4th
2012 Fifth Third Bank Waterfront Independence Festival, presented by Fifth Third Bank features two days of FREE music, FREE children’s activities, festival food, FIREWORKS, and fun. The Festival kicks off on Tuesday, July 3rd with WAMZ Country Night, headlined by 2012 CMT award winner Thompson Square, and continues on Monday, July 4th with Reggae legend Jimmy Cliff and an eclectic evening of infectious dance grooves co-sponsored by radio stations Magic 101.3 and WFPK 91.9. A fireworks show over the river will cap off both evenings around 10:00 p.m.

7/2/2012
City Receives EPA Grants to Retrofit Diesel Vehicles
Mayor Greg Fischer and U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth (D-Louisville) joined city, state, and federal officials to celebrate $1.6 million in diesel emission reduction grants that will go toward the purchase of diesel filters for city vehicles, and which will combat pollution in Louisville Metro.

7/2/2012
Councilwoman Scott announces “Clean it Up!” program for alleys in District 1
Councilwoman Attica Scott is partnering with Metro Corrections and Solid Waste Management for “Clean it Up!” a new program designed to clear out trash in alleys throughout District 1.Beginning on Tuesday, July 3rd, work release crews from Metro Corrections will begin cleaning up the alley in the 1000 block of Kentucky Street and Greenwood Avenue at 9:00am. This alley is in the same area were violence broke out on May 17th.

7/2/2012
City Leaders Address Challenges to Building Citywide Afterschool Systems
As detailed in a recent study published by NLC’s Institute for Youth, Education and Families (YEF Institute), cities across the country are making a fundamental shift in their approach to afterschool programming, moving from management and funding of isolated programs toward in-depth collaboration across numerous stakeholders and program providers.

7/2/2012
Animal Services Encourages Pet Owners to Take Precautions During July 4th Celebrations
Animal Services Encourages Pet Owners To Take Precautions During July 4th Celebrations

7/2/2012
Owen kicks off 2012 Summer Bike Tour with the newest neighborhoods in District 8 on July 2nd
Councilman Tom Owen will pedal his way through some familiar areas of District 8 and will also have a chance to introduce himself to some new residents of the District when he kicks off his traditional Summer Bike tour by visiting thirteen neighborhoods street by street.

6/29/2012
Councilwoman Scott applauds companies who helped in the “Cut it Out!” program
Councilwoman Attica Scott (D-1) is praising the efforts of several local lawn service companies who volunteered their time and work crews to address some of the worst abandoned properties in the “Cut it Out!” program for June.

6/29/2012
Independence Week Family Events at Jefferson Memorial Forest
Jefferson Memorial Forest is celebrating the Independence Day holiday week by offering family-friendly activities, July 5 through July 7.

6/29/2012
Violence Prevention Work Group Recruiting Members for Crisis Response Team
Louisville Metro Government is partnering with the Kentucky Community Crisis Response Board to recruit and train interested members of the Violence Prevention Work Group, local clergy, and behavioral health professionals to serve as members of the Kentucky Community Crisis Response Team.

6/29/2012
Shanklin works with Newburg Community Center to help District 2 beat the heat
Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin (D-2) is encouraging residents to be aware of the extreme heat and is working with the Newburg Community Center to make sure there is a place in the area to help those in need stay cool.

6/29/2012
Mayor Signs City Budget Into Law
Calling it a lean spending plan that makes strategic investments in the future and in public safety, Mayor Greg Fischer today signed into law the new budget for Louisville Metro Government. The $513 million general fund budget takes effect July 1.

6/29/2012
Air Quality Alert for Sunday July 1
The air quality is expected to be unhealthy for sensitive groups.

6/29/2012
Air Quality Alert for Saturday June 30
The air quality is expected to be unhealthy for sensitive groups.

6/29/2012
Air Quality Alert for Monday July 2
The air quality is expected to be unhealthy for sensitive groups.

6/28/2012
Mayor Names Wiederwohl Chief of Strategic Initiatives
Mayor Greg Fischer today named Mary Ellen Wiederwohl as Chief of Strategic Initiatives for the city of Louisville. Wiederwohl, who has spent most of her career around state and local government, will focus on integrating policy, federal/state/local government relations and communications into the city’s long-term plan and strategic initiatives. She will also serve as a deputy to Chief of Staff Ellen Hesen.

6/28/2012
Air Quality Alert for Friday June 29
The air quality is expected to be unhealthy.

6/28/2012
Animal Services Warns Pet Owners of Heat Dangers
Animal Services Warns Pet Owners of the Dangers of Rising Temperatures. Staff on high alert at non air-conditioned Manslick Facility

6/28/2012
Dr. Nesbitt Statement on the Supreme Court Ruling Upholding the Affordable Care Act
Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness Director Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt has issued the following statement regarding this morning’s Supreme Court ruling largely upholding the Affordable Care Act.

6/27/2012
Hamilton to host Promise Neighborhood meeting on Thursday June 28th
Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D-5) will host a community meeting which will give parents and other stakeholders an update on renewed efforts to bring a Promise Neighborhood planning grant to the 40212 Zip Code. The grant will help enhance the education of children and young people in this area of Metro Louisville.

6/27/2012
SummerWorks Exceeds Fundraising Goal
Exceeding $1 million in donations and job commitments for SummerWorks2012 doubles what was raised last year, and 288 youth are working so far with more than 40 employers throughout Louisville. More youth will begin work this week and next week on the road to the 400 jobs goal.

6/27/2012
Parklands Begins Next Phase Including Pope Lick Park
Construction began today on the southern portion of Beckley Creek Park and Pope Lick Park, the next phase of The Parklands of Floyds Fork, the nearly 4,000-acre park system being developed by 21st Century Parks. This phase of The Parklands’ construction will add $15 million in new public park assets to Louisville.

6/27/2012
Free Valet Bicycle Parking at Waterfront Independence Festival!
Ride your bike down to Waterfront Park this 4th of July and enjoy FREE valet bicycle parking for the Fifth Third Bank Waterfront Independence Festival!

6/27/2012
Air Quality Alert for Thursday June 28
The air quality is expected to be unhealthy for sensitive groups.

6/26/2012
City Resources Available During Heat Wave
With summer temperatures predicted to reach dangerous levels over the next few days, Louisville residents are encouraged to take advantage of city facilities and other resources available to help cope with the heat. Mayor Greg Fischer is also urging people to check in on their neighbors and those at high risk of having heat-related problems including the elderly.

6/26/2012
Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Social At Riverside, The Farnsley-Moremen Landing
The entire family is invited to enjoy a day of fun on the banks of the Ohio River as Riverside, The Farnsley-Moremen Landing hosts the 11th annual “Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Social”, July 8 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The historic property is located at 7410 Moorman Road.

6/26/2012
City Resources Available During Extreme Summer Heat
With summer temperatures predicted to reach dangerous levels over the next few days, Louisville residents are encouraged to take advantage of city facilities and other resources available to help cope with the heat. Mayor Greg Fischer is also urging people to check in on their neighbors and those at high risk of having heat-related problems including the elderly.

6/26/2012
Metro Parks Fourth of July Golf Special: Family Golf Discount on the 4th!
Metro Parks is offering an affordable family golfing package at its nine golf courses on the Fourth of July.

6/25/2012
Councilman Kramer to Host Trolley Tour Focusing on District 11
Councilman Kevin Kramer will host a trolley tour for residents of District 11 on Saturday, August 4 starting at 8:30 am at the Jeffersontown Library (10635 Watterson Trail) Councilman Kramer will lead a group constituents on a tour of District 11 and its surrounding areas.

6/25/2012
Mayor Announces Return of Dirt Bowl Tournament
The Dirt Bowl, which for nearly four decades helped produce some of the most promising college and professional basketball players in the country, will return to Louisville’s Shawnee Park this summer, Mayor Greg Fischer announced today.

6/25/2012
Shanklin brings “Speakerphone” to Newburg so young people can have a voice in issues
A common concern among young adults and teenagers is that they do not have a voice to offer their opinions and discuss their concerns about various topics impacting today’s society. In response to this concern, Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin (D-2) is teaming up with Praise Power 1350 WLOU/ New Praise 104.7 to offer a new radio program called “Speakerphone”.

6/22/2012
Opportunities for District 20 Residents to have Coffee with Councilman Benson
Metro Councilman Stuart Benson (District 20) will be hosting several opportunities for residents to have “Coffee with your Councilman”. The first opportunity will be held on June 27, 2012 from 7:30am 9:30am at the Starbucks located at 12605 Taylorsville Road in Tyler Town Center, with Special Guest Phil Bills from Metro Planning and Design.

6/22/2012
Southwest Council members host Riverview Park Independence Festival on Saturday June 30th
There will be music, fun and fireworks when Riverview Park puts on its very first Independence Festival hosted by Council members Rick Blackwell (D-12), Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13), Bob Henderson (D-14) and David Yates (D-25) on Saturday, June 30th

6/22/2012
Air Quality Alert for Saturday and Sunday, June 23 and 24
The air quality is expected to be unhealthy for sensitive groups.

6/22/2012
Councilman Brent Ackerson to return COLA to Louisville Metro Government
Councilman Brent T. Ackerson (D-26) will return the two per cent cost of living increase he will receive this year.“The economy is still improving for the city and many hard working employees need their cost of living increase and that is why I voted for it,” said Ackerson. “However, my family and I are doing okay and with these tight economic times for our city; I cannot accept such a raise. My increase will be sent back to the General Fund.”

6/22/2012
Opportunities for District 11 Residents to go Dining in the District
Metro Councilman Kevin Kramer (District 11) will be hosting several opportunities for residents to join him “Dinning in the District” The first opportunity will be held on July 17, 2012 from 8:30am -10:00am at Queenies Soul Cuisine located at 2965 Richland Ave.

6/21/2012
Brightside/Coca-Cola Volleyball Registration
Registration for 23rd Annual Brightside/Coca-Cola Volleyball Tournament now open.

6/21/2012
Summer Youth Service Programs Awarded Funds
The Louisville Out-of-School Time (OST) Coordinating Council awarded $70,000 in grants to eleven community organizations to help prevent summer learning loss. Research shows that all young people experience learning losses when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer.

6/21/2012
2012 NatureScape Grant Applications Now Available
2012 NatureScape Grant Applications Now Available

6/20/2012
Louisville Metro Parks Achieves Designation as U.S. Paralympic Sport Club
U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee, has designated Louisville Metro Parks and Recreation a Paralympic Sport Club.

6/19/2012
Air Quality Alert for Wednesday June 20
The air quality is expected to be unhealthy for sensitive groups.

6/19/2012
Bank On Louisville's Family Financial Freedom Reception
A special reception is planned this evening to celebrate residents of the Beecher Terrace Housing Complex for their efforts to improve their financial future. The Bank On Louisville's Family Financial Freedom Reception will be held at the Junior Achievement facility at 1401 West Muhammad Ali Boulevard from 5:30-7 pm.

6/18/2012
Preston Farms and The Curehouse Begin Operations in Louisville
Mayor Greg Fischer today announced Preston Farms Popcorn and The Curehouse will begin operations in Louisville, creating a total of 61 jobs and investing more than $5.3 million.

6/18/2012
Great American Campout at Jefferson Memorial Forest, June 23-24
The annual Great American Campout happens Saturday, June 23, 7:00 p.m. to Sunday, June 24, 11:00 a.m. at Jefferson Memorial Forest.

6/18/2012
'Super load' move to require temporary route closures
Movement of an overweight/overdimensional “super load” of equipment from a dock in Louisville to a plant outside Harrodsburg will require temporary closure of some traffic routes, beginning Tuesday night, June 19.

6/15/2012
Metro Animal Services Sees Increase In Cat Abuse/Neglect Cases
Metro Animal Services Sees Increase In Cat Abuse/Neglect Cases. Extremely High Intake of Cats and Kittens Prompts Specials during Adopt A Shelter Cat Month

6/15/2012
Air Quality Alert for Friday and Saturday June 15 and 16
The air quality is expected to be unhealthy for sensitive groups.

6/15/2012
Public Health and Wellness Offers Free HIV Testing
Of the nearly 1.2 million people in the United States living with HIV, almost one in five don't know they are infected. In observance of National HIV Testing Day, the Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness will offer free anonymous HIV testing at the following dates and sites.

6/14/2012
Louisville Earns City Livability Award
Mayor Greg Fischer today accepted an award naming Louisville the nation’s most livable large city. The award, from the U.S. Conference of Mayors, cites the communitywide impact of Louisville’s first Give A Day week of service earlier this year. Louisville won in the large-city category, besting competition including San Diego, Boston, Orlando, Hartford and St Louis.

6/14/2012
Hamilton says District 5 Neighborhood Advisory Committee will receive updates on “No More Red Dots”
Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton invites interested residents to the next District 5 Neighborhood Advisory Committee regular monthly meeting to learn more about the “No More Red Dots” Pilot Program from Dr. Eddie Woods and other activities in the district.

6/13/2012
James and Hamilton announce “No More Red Dots” campaign designed to prompt alternatives to violence
Monday marked the start of the “No Red Dots Campaign”, a neighborhood-based violence prevention program initiated by Councilman David James (D-6) in collaboration with Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D5), the Peace Education Program, and the Life Institute.

6/13/2012
NOx RACT Board Order LG&E Cane Run
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District (District) opens a public comment period on an amended Board Order for Louisville Gas & Electric Cane Run plant.

6/13/2012
Proposed Agreed Board Orders with Nuplex Resins and DuPont
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control Board will hold a public hearing on June 20, 2012, on proposed Agreed Board Orders with E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Company and Nuplex Resins, LLC. DuPont is alleged to have violated District Regulations 1.07 (Excess Emissions During Startups, Shutdowns, and Upset Conditions) and 5.01 (General Provisions) at its facility located at 4200 Campground Road. Nuplex is alleged to have violated District Regulation 1.13 (Control of Objectionable Odors in the Ambient Air) at its facility located at 4730 Crittenden Drive.

6/13/2012
Hershey’s Track & Field Games State Meet to Be Held in Louisville June 21st
The Hershey’s Track & Field Games for youths ages 9-14 will be held at Fern Creek Traditional High School on June 21 at 2012. Approximately 200 boys and girls from Louisville, Bardstown, Hebron and Elizabethtown will compete

6/13/2012
Public Health and Wellness Offers Free Diabetes Classes
The Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness will hold a series of four free classes for individuals interested in learning about and managing diabetes. Classes begin Monday, July 9 at the Fairdale Branch of the Louisville Free Public Library at 10616 Manslick Rd.

6/13/2012
River Metals Recycling Offers Incentives for 9th District Residents
River Metals Recycling Offers Incentives for 9th District Residents. From June 15-29 to correspond with junk pick up.

6/13/2012
Sypris Technologies FEDOOP Permit 27679-12-F
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District (District) proposes to issue a FEDOOP Permit to Sypris Technologies.

6/13/2012
Ford Unveils Transformed Louisville Assembly Plant
Governor Steve Beshear and Lieutenant Governor Jerry Abramson and Mayor Greg Fischer today joined local and company officials to unveil a reopened and revamped Ford Louisville Assembly Plant (LAP), which is producing the 2013 Ford Escape. Ford is ramping up operations at the plant, which will employ approximately 4,500 workers on three crews.

6/12/2012
Public Health and Wellness Names Nurses of the Year
The Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness has named its “Nurses of the Year” for 2012. Each year the department names a winner in both the Clinical Nurse and Outreach Nurse categories.

6/12/2012
First Choice Market Opens in Park DuValle
First Choice Market, a 20,000 square-foot, full-service grocery store located at 3044 Wilson Ave., is now open, serving an estimated 35,000 citizens in Louisville’s Park DuValle area and surrounding neighborhoods.

6/12/2012
Paddle for Hunger Event at the Waterfront July 13, 14
Yum! Brands and Mayor Greg Fisher announced today the launch of the 2012 Paddle for Hunger, a weekend of paddleboat racing, recreational floats, and various competitive events to raise funds for Dare to Care Food Bank and The World Food Programme.

6/11/2012
Louisville, Lexington Join Forces to Grow Exports
Louisville and Lexington companies have the capacity to significantly increase their exports — and thus grow the regional economy and create jobs — if business leaders have support when accessing foreign markets.

6/8/2012
Emerson Garden Park is the highlight of a weekend Neighborhood Street Party on Sunday June 10th
This weekend the city’s newest green space, Emerson Gardens Park, will take center stage with a neighborhood celebration with a grand opening and an opportunity to learn more about the MUSCL Senior Wellness Center in Schnitzelburg.

6/8/2012
Majority Caucus members support Kentucky State Auditor’s effort to catalogue and report on special t
The effort to bring greater accountability to special taxing district in all of Kentucky’s counties announced Wednesday by State Auditor Adam Edelen is being applauded by several members of the Majority Caucus of the Louisville Metro Council.

6/8/2012
Councilwoman Scott joins Elim Baptist Church to host “Save Our Streets” block Party
Councilwoman Attica Scott (D-1) and Elim Baptist Church will partner to for a very special event designed to bring the neighborhood of 32nd and Greenwood Streets together. The “Save Our Street” Block Party is set to for Sunday, June 10th from 12:00pm to 3:00pm.

6/7/2012
Air Quality Alert for Friday June 8
The air quality is expected to be unhealthy for sensitive groups.

6/7/2012
Metro Parks Golf Discount Book: A Great Father's Day Gift!
Parents and children may not always agree on radio stations or fashion trends, but perhaps some common ground can be found on the golf course this upcoming Father’s Day. The Metro Parks Golf Discount Book is a gift dad will love and the whole family can enjoy!

6/7/2012
Mayor Announces Violence Prevention Work Group
Mayor Greg Fischer today named a 37-member work group to develop a strategy for reducing violence in Western Louisville and harness community resources into one cohesive, comprehensive approach to help revitalize the area.

6/6/2012
Zeon Polymerizer Construction Permit 34909-12-C
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District (District) proposes to issue a construction permit to Zeon Chemicals for a new Polymerizer.

6/6/2012
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking - Regulation 6.40 Standards of Performance for Gasoline Transfer to Mo
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District (the District) is issuing this Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in response to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recent determination that the use of onboard refueling vapor recovery (ORVR) is in widespread use throughout the highway motor fleet. As a result, state and local programs that have implemented Stage II vapor recovery programs as part of their State Implementation Plans (SIP) may now seek EPA’s approval to allow gasoline service stations to remove their Stage II control equipment. Following the EPA’s issuance of guidance on the criteria needed to discontinue a Stage II program and remove it from a SIP and, upon a sufficient analysis that doing so will not violate the Clean Air Act, the District will propose repealing Regulation 6.40 and revising the SIP to remove the Stage II program.

6/5/2012
June District12 Dialogue to focus on how citizens can serve on Metro Boards and Commissions
Councilman Rick Blackwell announces a very important District 12 Dialogue on Tuesday, June 19th designed to help anyone who wants to serve on a Metro Government Board or Commission achieve that goal.

6/5/2012
Councilman James announces Neighborhood Forum with EPA concerning the Black Leaf site in District 6
Councilman David James (D-6) will host an important neighborhood forum for residents to discuss the latest information surrounding the health concerns involving the Black Leaf plant site on Thursday, June 14th at 6:00pm.

6/4/2012
Councilwoman Scott announces “Cut It Out” Campaign for District 1
Councilwoman Attica Scott is moving forward with her effort to cleanup vacant and abandoned properties by announcing the “Cut It Out” Campaign during the month of June. “I am pleased to welcome the help of several local lawn care companies who will join us in making progress on taking care of high grass and weeds on various properties around the district,” says Scott.

6/4/2012
Asthmapolis Begins Study Calls for Participants
With the help of Madison, Wis.-based Asthmapolis, Louisville’s asthma demonstration project has begun enrolling patients in a free, year-long asthma study to help the city identify possible causes of asthma attacks in the region and to help patients better manage their illness. Enrollment will include up to 500 participants and will take place at 11 Walgreens locations across the city from now until November 2012.

6/4/2012
Riehm Award Goes to Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh
The third annual Joan Riehm Environmental Leadership Award was presented today to 9th District Louisville Metro Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh for her outstanding leadership in the quest for a more sustainable future through the creation of the 9th District Green Triangle.

6/4/2012
Metro Councilman Glen Stuckel to Host District 17 Town Hall Meeting June 12, 2012
Louisville Metro Councilman Glen Stuckel (District 17) will hold a district meeting on Tuesday, June 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the Worthington Fire Station (9514 Featherbell Boulevard).

6/4/2012
Neighborhood Place hosts free, valuable events and workshops in June
Neighborhood Place locations all across Louisville offer free, valuable workshops and services year-round which are open to the community. Below are some of the highlighted events over the next few weeks which include a student loan workshop, a Job Fair in the Cane Run area, and a credit rating workshop.

6/4/2012
Public Health and Wellness Announces Summer “Change Leaders” Program
Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness’s Center for Health Equity is launching the Healing Futures Fellowship summer initiative for youth ages 15 to 18.

6/3/2012
Councilwoman Scott and “Connected Voices” call for summer of service on Father’s Day
In an effort to remind the community of the need for unity and togetherness, Councilwoman Attica Scott (D-1) and Christopher 2X are holding a Reflection Ceremony in partnership with “Connected Voices” on Father’s Day.

6/1/2012
Brownsboro Road Diet Project to Proceed
Brownsboro Road Diet Project to Proceed

6/1/2012
Metro Council members and Public Works officials call on public to help catch illegal dumpers
Councilwoman Marianne Butler and officials with Metro Public Works announced on Friday that new state of the art cameras will be up this summer in problem areas which have seen repeated illegal dumping. The cameras are designed to be mobile and go where ever illegal dumpers may go.

6/1/2012
LLFlex Regenerative Thermal Oxidizer Construction Permit 34912-12-C
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District (District) proposes to issue a construction permit to LLFlex, LLC for a new regenerative thermal oxidizer.

6/1/2012
Healthy Hometown Worksite Wellness Conference Slated for June 7
The Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement will hold its annual worksite wellness conference on Thursday June 7 from 7:15 a.m. to noon at the Shelby Campus of the University of Louisville at 9001 Shelbyville Rd. The cost to attend is $50. Online registration and additional information is available at www.ymcalouisville.org or at 574-5282.

6/1/2012
Public Hearing on Construction Permits for LG&E Mill Creek
Between May 12, 2012, and June 11, 2012, the Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District (District) is holding a public comment period on construction permits in accordance with Regulation 2.03, for modification of the control devices for the electric generation units in order to comply with the Federal NESHAP Regulation, by LG&E Mill Creek Generating Station (electricity generating plant), 14660 Dixie Highway, Louisville KY 40272. The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control Board is scheduling a public hearing on these proposed permits on June 12, 2012, at 4:00 p.m. in the Ballroom, Memorial Auditorium, 970 South 4th Street, Louisville, KY 40203, in accordance with Regulations 1.08 and 2.07. Oral statements will be accepted at the public hearing.

6/1/2012
Project to Improve Safety, Add Sidewalks on Lower Brownsboro Rd. to Proceed
Project to improve safety, add sidewalks on Lower Brownsboro Road to proceed

5/31/2012
Welch to discuss New Cut Road/Taylor Blvd Corridor Plan at International Conference
Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13) will talk to an international audience on how partnerships between government and other groups can have an impact on a metro area when she addresses the 2012 International Town Gown Conference on Wednesday, June 6th at Eastern Kentucky University.

5/31/2012
Councilwoman Woolridge announces Town Hall Meeting for residents of District 3
Councilwoman Mary C. Woolridge will hold her next Town Hall Meeting for the residents of District 3 to talk about issues important to the district on Monday, June 18th.

5/31/2012
Blackwell invites community to grand opening of the Rose Farm Park Interpretive Center
What was once just simple farm land is now the newest green space to enhance the ongoing efforts to beautify Dixie Highway. On Friday, June 15th, Councilman Rick Blackwell (D-12) will join MSD officials and others for the official opening of Rose Farm Park.

5/30/2012
Mayor's Innovation Delivery Team Focused on Improving City Services
A special team of city employees is hard at work on five projects that combine data and innovative approaches to urban challenges, Mayor Greg Fischer announced today. The projects range from reducing the number of vacant and abandoned properties in Louisville to expanding recycling and keeping waste out of the city landfill.

5/29/2012
Mayor, Library, JCPS Launch Kindergarten Countdown 2012
Surrounded by dozens of preschool children, Mayor Greg Fischer, JCPS Superintendent Dr. Donna Hargens, Library Director Craig Buthod and others today announced plans for the city’s annual Kindergarten Countdown to help prepare students entering school for the first time.

5/29/2012
Mayor Seeks Commitments for College Graduates With "Count Me In!" Campaign
Flanked by members of the Class of 2012, Mayor Greg Fischer today announced an expanded effort to dramatically increase the number of college graduates by 2020.

5/29/2012
Councilmembers Stuart Benson and Kevin Kramer to hold Town Hall Meeting
Metro Councilmembers Stuart Benson (District 20) and Kevin Kramer (District 11) will hold a Town Hall Meeting on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. in the community room of the Jeffersontown Fire Department (10540 Watterson Trail).

5/29/2012
Public Health and Wellness Offers Free Diabetes Classes
The Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness will hold a series of four free classes for individuals interested in learning about and managing diabetes. Classes begin Wednesdays, June 6 at the Jeffersontown Branch of the Louisville Free Public Library at 10635 Watterson Trail.

5/25/2012
Metro Council members issue statements on Mayor Fischer’s Proposed 2012-2013 Budget.
Following Mayor Greg Fischer’s Budget address on Thursday, May 24th, members of the Louisville Metro Council have issued the following statements.

5/25/2012
Memorial Day Closings & Holiday Garbage Collection Schedule
Memorial Day Holiday Closings/garbage collection schedule.

5/25/2012
METCO Approves Three Loans to Small Businesses
Three loans in the amount of $200,000 were approved by the Louisville Metropolitan Business Development Corporation. These loans will leverage $511,000 in total investment.

5/25/2012
Public Urged to Complete Community Health Survey by June 1
The Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness is urging people who have not yet completed an on-line survey of community healthcare needs to do so by Friday June1. The survey is posted on the Metro Public Health and Wellness website at www.louisvilleky.gov/health and is available in both English and Spanish.

5/25/2012
Metro Animal Services Seeks Help From Community As Intake Numbers Skyrocket
Metro Animal Services Seeks Help From Community As Intake Numbers Skyrocket. Adoption Special And Foster Opportunities In Place.

5/25/2012
Air Quality Alert for Saturday and Sunday, May 26 and 27
The air quality is expected to be unhealthy for sensitive groups.

5/25/2012
Councilwoman Scott hosts next District 1 Community Conversation on Tuesday, May 29th
Councilwoman Attica Scott is issuing an invitation to residents of District 1 to come out for the next Community Conversation on Tuesday, May 29th, at the West End School located at 3621 Virginia Avenue.

5/25/2012
Memorial Day Closings & Holiday Garbage Collection
A listing of Solid Waste Management 's Memorial Day Holiday Closings/garbage collection schedule.

5/25/2012
Metro Council begins review of Mayor’s Budget Proposal on Wednesday
Councilwoman Marianne Butler (D-15), chair of the Metro Council Budget Committee has announced the schedule of hearings for review of the Mayor’s Proposed 2012 -2013 Capital and Operating Budgets.

5/25/2012
Mayor Announces Approach for Strategy to Reduce Violence in West Louisville
Mayor Greg Fischer today announced a process to coalesce the many existing strategies for reducing violence in Western Louisville and rebuilding neglected neighborhoods, and develop them into one cohesive, comprehensive approach.

5/24/2012
Next District 12 “Coffee with your Councilman” set for Saturday, June 2nd
District 12 residents know that one Saturday a month they have another chance to talk one on one with Councilman Rick Blackwell. The next “Coffee with your Councilman” is set for Saturday, June 2nd

5/24/2012
The next “Talk with Tom” set for Saturday, May 26th
Councilman Tom Owen invites residents of District 8 to come out for “Talk with Tom” on this Saturday, May 26th from 9am -11am.

5/24/2012
Mayor Proposes Balanced City Budget
Mayor Greg Fischer today proposed a balanced budget for the new fiscal year that does not raise taxes but makes strategic investments in the future, including building the Southwest Regional Library, funding three new police recruit classes and foreclosing on 100 vacant and abandoned properties.

5/23/2012
Children's Summer Food Service Program Begins June 4th
The Louisville Metro Community Action Partnership (CAP) is participating in the Summer Food Service Program. Meals will be provided to all children without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of meal service.

5/23/2012
Washburn Avenue Quiet Zone Receives FRA Approval
St. Matthews Mayor Bernie Bowling, Lyndon Mayor Susan Barto and Metro Councilman Ken Fleming (District 7), are happy to announce the approval of the Washburn Avenue Quiet Zone. The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has approved the application allowing for a Quiet Zone which will lead to the end of loud train whistles at this crossing.

5/23/2012
Salud y Bienestar Público Lanza El Sitio Web de WIC en Español
El Departamento de Salud y Bienestar Público de Louisville Metro ha lanzado la versión en Español del sitio Web de WIC - www.louisvillewic.org - para hacer que el acceso al Programa de WIC sea más fácil para las familias de habla hispana en todo Louisville.

5/23/2012
Public Health and Wellness Launches Spanish Language WIC Website
The Louisville Metro Department Public Health and Wellness has launched a Spanish language version of its WIC website - www.louisvillewic.org- to make the WIC program more accessible to Spanish speaking families throughout Louisville.

5/23/2012
Summer Food Service Program Closed Enrolled Site Listing
The Louisville Metro Community Action Partnership (CAP) is participating in the Summer Food Service Program. Meals will be provided to all eligible children free of charge. To be eligible to receive free meals at a residential or non-residential camp, children must meet the income guidelines for reduced-price meals in the National School Lunch Program.

5/22/2012
ASPCA Partnership Comes to Louisville
Program aims to reduce shelter intake, increase live outcomes through collaboration

5/21/2012
President King announces special ribbon cutting and music festival at new Emerson Garden Park.
Louisville’s newest public greenspace is opening on June 10th with a special ribbon cutting and music and street festival at the new Emerson Gardens Park located on the corner of Hickory and Sylvia Streets in the Schnitzelburg neighborhood.

5/18/2012
Air Quality Alert for Saturday and Sunday, May 19 and 20
The air quality is expected to be unhealthy for sensitive groups.

5/16/2012
Mayor Fischer Helps Unveil $500,000 in Improvements to Breslin Park
Joined by neighbors, park supporters and school children, Mayor Greg Fischer today dedicated an array of major improvements and additions at Breslin Park, showcasing the new amenities and upgrades in the long-anticipated overhaul of the Irish Hill neighborhood park at the corner of Payne Street and Lexington Road.

5/16/2012
New Union Contracts for EMS, Corrections Help Address City's Structural Deficit
Keeping his commitment to transparency with union contracts, Mayor Greg Fischer’s administration today presented two new collective bargaining agreements that are fair to employees but also begin to help the city address its structural budget deficit.

5/16/2012
Public Utility Task Force Releases Recommendations
There are numerous opportunities for Louisville Water Company and the Metropolitan Sewer District to more closely collaborate — and potentially consolidate — that would result in significant savings and improved operations and efficiencies, according to a report delivered today to Mayor Greg Fischer.

5/15/2012
Mayor's Hike, Bike & Paddle Returns Memorial Day
Louisville will be alive with activity this Memorial Day as thousands of cyclists, paddlers and walkers gather for the 15th Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Subway Fresh Fit Hike, Bike & Paddle May 28 at Waterfront Park.

5/15/2012
Free Junk Drop-off Event May 20th
This weekend citizens are encouraged to take advantage of the city’s free bulk waste and junk drop-off event this Sunday, May 20, 2012 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Waste Management Outer Loop Landfill, 2673 Outer Loop.

5/15/2012
Bike to Work Day, Friday May 18th
Leave your car at home and instead grab your bike for Bike to Work Day this Friday, May 18th. Join Mayor Greg Fischer and LMPD Chief Steve Conrad and others who will be commuting on two wheels this Friday.

5/15/2012
Metro Animal Services Searches For Suspect In Dog Shooting
Metro Animal Services is searching for a suspect(s) who shot a dog in the 1300 block of Temple Street Wednesday, May 9.

5/14/2012
Volunteers of America of KY Moves Hdqtrs to Historic Downtown Bldg
Volunteers of America of Kentucky has entered an agreement with City Properties Group to lease space for its new headquarters at the historic Guthrie Coke Building, located at 566 S. Fourth Street.

5/12/2012
Metro Animal Services Announces Upcoming Rabies Clinics
Metro Animal Services will hold several rabies, license and microchip clinics this year at the Animal Care Center located at 3705 Manslick Road, in Shively and also other locations. The first clinic planned will be on May 12 at the Salvation Army located at 1010 Beecher Street.

5/12/2012
PVC Ovens Construction Permit 29161-10-C(R3) for GE
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District (District) proposes to issue a construction permit to GE Appliances & Lighting for two heating ovens.

5/11/2012
Secondary Control Device for Opacity Standard Construction Permit 34410-12-C for LG&E Cane Run
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District (District) proposes to issue a construction permit to LG&E Cane Run Generating Station for installation of a secondary control devices to comply with the opacity standard.

5/11/2012
EGUs Construction Permit 34595-12-C and Silos Construction Permit 34658-12-C for LG&E Mill Creek
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District (District) proposes to issue construction permits to LG&E Mill Creek Generating Station for modification of the electric generation units to comply with Federal NESHAP regulations.

5/11/2012
800+ Local Volunteers Age 55-90's Celebrated during National Senior Corps Week
May 7-11, 2012 is National Senior Corps Week and hundreds of older volunteers are celebrated locally for their outstanding contributions to our community. For the third year, the Corporation for National & Community Service, national funder of the Louisville Metro FGP (Foster Grandparent Program) and RSVP (Retired & Senior Volunteer Program), is publicly recognizing the huge impact from members of the Senior Corps programs (FGP, RSVP and Senior Companion Program –SCP) with a celebratory week of acclaim and (hopefully) additional recruitment. Based on the 2010 Independent Sector’s Kentucky average value of $17.65 per hour, the volunteers of these two programs provided caring services to our community totaling $3.9+ million dollars!

5/11/2012
Preservationists Create New Heritage Conservation Fund
Main Street Revitalization LLC – a group of investors that purchased five condemned Whiskey Row buildings - in partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the group will establish the Heritage Conservation Fund, a non-profit revolving equity and loan fund dedicated to local historic preservation.

5/10/2012
Councilwoman Welch invites community to Forest Fest’12
Spring is in full swing at the Jefferson Memorial Forest and on one special day every year Bluegrass music can be heard in the air as you walk the trails and enjoy the scenery. Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch invites everyone to Forest Fest '12 on Saturday, May 19th

5/10/2012
Metro Animal Services Adjusts Operating Hours
Louisville Metro Animal Services (LMAS) is adjusting operating hours to better serve the citizens’ and animals’ needs.

5/10/2012
Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Worksite Wellness Conference to be Held June 7
The Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement will honor local employers who have established worksite wellness programs at its annual conference on Thursday June 7 from 7:15 a.m. to noon at the Shelby Campus of the University of Louisville at 9001 Shelbyville Rd.

5/10/2012
LMPD Announces New Tool in Identifying Persons of Interest
LMPD announces a new tool to use in identifying persons of interest, www.IDThisPerson.com.

5/10/2012
Councilwoman Flood seeks volunteers for this year’s District 24 Spring Clean-up
Councilwoman Madonna Flood (D-24) is putting out the call for volunteers and at the same time is providing a unique way for non-profit groups to raise money for their organization during this year’s District 24 Spring Clean-up.

5/10/2012
Proposed ordinance seeks to rid Metro Louisville of scrap metal theft
The Louisville Metro Council is taking significant steps to address the concerning problem of scrap metal theft throughout the city. In recent years, a growing number of small businesses, non-profits, and residents have reported metal as stolen. Commonly stolen items include air conditioners, gutters, piping, manhole covers, sewer grates and even cars - all taken to scrap metal buyers who pay cash for the value of the metal.

5/9/2012
Councilwoman Welch welcomes Mayor Fischer to Fairdale on Monday, May 14th
Metro Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13) and Fairdale High School will host Mayor Greg Fischer on Monday, May 14th for “Talk to Greg”.“"I am happy to welcome Mayor Fischer and our new Police Chief Steve Conrad to District 13 at this community forum,” says Welch.

5/9/2012
LMPD Chief Steve Conrad will be the featured guest for May’s District 12 Dialogue
Councilman Rick Blackwell has invited a very special guest to May’s District 12 Dialogue. The new Chief of Louisville Metro Police, Steve Conrad, will talk with residents about his goals for the department and what he sees as priorities in public safety.

5/9/2012
I-71 to Close in Both Directions May 11-14
From the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet : I-71 closing for repairs in both directions May 11-14.

5/8/2012
Mayor Proposes Ban on Camping in Small Public Green Spaces
Mayor Greg Fischer has proposed an ordinance banning camping in public green spaces under three acres because of the damage it can cause and the limit of access it creates for the public.

5/8/2012
Public Encouraged to Complete Community Health Survey
More than one thousand people have taken the on-line survey to assess what the community perceptions and needs of healthcare are in Louisville. But Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt, Louisville’s Director of Public Health and Wellness, is encouraging more people to participate.

5/8/2012
Councilman Miller to Participate in National Bike to Work Week
Louisville Metro Councilman Jerry T. Miller (District 19) will take part in the National Bike to Work Day on May 18, 2012. Miller plans to depart the Eastwood Firehouse (16010 Shelbyville Road) at 9:00 a.m. and head downtown to Fourth Street Live!

5/7/2012
President Jim King honored as JCTC Distinguished Alumnus for 2012.
Jefferson Community Technical College has announced Metro Council President Jim King will receive its Distinguished Alumnus Award on Monday, May 7th in honor of his extraordinary community contributions in Louisville.

5/7/2012
Mayor Announces Ice House Entrepreneurship Program Part of SummerWorks
Young adults hired for summer jobs through the KentuckianaWorks: SummerWorks2012 program will participate in the nationally recognized entrepreneurship training program, Ice House Entrepreneurship Program, Mayor Greg Fischer announced today during a news conference at the Louisville Free Public Library, 301 York St. Joining the Mayor for the event were JCPS Superintendent Donna M. Hargens, Thom Ruhe, Kauffman Foundation vice president of Entrepreneurship, and Clifton Taulbert and Gary Schoeniger, coauthors of the “Who Owns the Ice House?”, for which the training program was named.

5/7/2012
A Portion of Eastern Parkway Will Close Temporarily to Ensure Safe Tree Removal
On Tuesday, May 8, Metro Parks Forestry Division will begin removing four Pin Oak trees along Eastern Parkway.

5/7/2012
Metro Parks Tennis Center Expands Reach of Popular Adult Tennis Clinics
Named “Facility Of The Year” by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Kentucky in 2009, the Louisville Tennis Center looks to respond to an increase in demand for tennis clinics in local neighborhoods.

5/7/2012
Neighborhood Place hosts free events and workshops in May
Neighborhood Place locations all across Louisville offer free, valuable workshops and services year-round which are open to the community. Below are some of the highlighted events over the next few weeks which include a student loan workshop, several opportunities to attend a “Baby Shower” for moms-to-be plus a Job Fair in June.

5/5/2012
Public Hearing on Proposed Amendments to Regulations 1.15, 5.02, 5.14, and 7.02
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control Board will hold a public hearing on May 16, 2012, on amendments to District Regulation 1.15 Version of Federal Regulations Incorporated by Reference Version #16, Draft #1, Regulation 5.02 Adoption and Incorporation by Reference of National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants Version #19, Draft #1, Regulation 5.14 Hazardous Air Pollutants and Source Categories Version #8, Draft #1, and Regulation 7.02 Adoption and Incorporation by Reference of Federal New Source Performance Standards Version #16, Draft #1, which were proposed on March 21, 2012. Oral comments may be made at the Public Hearing on May 16, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. in the Board Room, 850 Barret Ave., Louisville, KY 40204-1745.

5/3/2012
Owen announces the return in 2012 of Front Porch Tuesday’s
Once again, Councilman Tom Owen is encouraging residents of District 8 to leave the comfort zone of their homes and go out and talk to their neighbors at a simple meeting place: the front porch.

5/2/2012
“Coffee with your Councilman” set for District 12 on Saturday May 12th
Residents of District 12 have another opportunity to meet with Councilman Rick Blackwell when “Coffee with Your Councilman” gets underway on Saturday, May 12th.

5/2/2012
Sustainability Event on May 12 - FREE shredding, e-recycling, shoe donation
Ninth District to host FREE Sustainability Event Volunteers needed for Saturday, May 12th

5/2/2012
Family Health Centers, Inc. Receives $5.38 Million in Federal Grants for Facilities Expansion
Today the Family Health Centers, Inc. (FHC) announced it will receive $5.38 million in federal grant funding for construction and renovation of two health center facilities in Louisville.

5/2/2012
Councilwoman Butler announces next SPOT Clinic set for Saturday, May 12th
Councilwoman Marianne Butler is once again bringing the S.T.O.P. Clinic to residents of District 15 on Saturday, May12th as a way to help pet owners and the community.

4/30/2012
CafePress Expands Operations Moves Headquarters
Mayor Greg Fischer today joined community leaders and company officials to announce CafePress Inc. will move its global headquarters to Louisville, where it already has a 140,000-square-foot fulfillment center on Riverport Drive.

4/27/2012
Metro Council approves funding to assist Project One’s summer jobs program for area young people
On Thursday night, the Louisville Metro Council gave approval to $12,900 in funding for Project One, a summer youth jobs program operated by a group who have helped thousands of young people find employment in tough economic times. Many are entering the job market for the very first time.

4/27/2012
Metro Animal Services Alerts Public About Link Animal/Human Abuse
Metro Animal Services Alerts Public That Animal Cruelty and Domestic Violence Are Often Linked. Community awareness can help.

4/27/2012
Roadway Access Design for McNeely Lake Park: Input Sought at May 8 Public Meeting
Louisville Metro Parks is hosting a public meeting to gather input on the creation of a connector road and transportation facilities within McNeely Lake Park. The meeting will be held Tuesday, May 8, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Wilt Elementary School, 6700 Price Lane, Louisville KY.

4/27/2012
Staffed Recycling Centers/HAZ BIN Closed Derby Day
All staffed recycling centers, the Waste Reduction Center, and HAZ BIN, the hazardous materials drop-off site will be closed on Derby Day, Saturday, May 5, 2012.

4/27/2012
Chief Conrad joins Councilman Johnson for coffee on May 1st
Councilman Dan Johnson will host a special coffee get together for residents of District 21 to introduce Metro Louisville’s new Police Chief Steve Conrad on Tuesday, May 1st.

4/26/2012
The next “Talk with Tom” set for Saturday. April 28th
Councilman Tom Owen invites residents of District 8 to come out for “Talk with Tom” on this Saturday, April 28th 9am -11am.

4/26/2012
Heaven Hill Announces New Bourbon Experience
Heaven Hill Distilleries announced the September 2013 opening of The Evan Williams Bourbon Experience.

4/26/2012
Three Small Businesses Approved for METCO Loans
Five loans in the amount of $228,079 were approved by the Louisville Metropolitan Business Development Corporation. These loans will leverage $736,479 in total investment.

4/25/2012
First Give A Day Week Huge Success
With people of all ages engaging in volunteer actions ranging from reading to homeless children and writing letters to troops to giving food and shoes – Louisville’s first annual Give A Day week of service scored big with more than 90,000 volunteers and acts of caring.

4/25/2012
Mayor Fischer Officially Opens Iroquois Amphitheater 2012 Season
Mayor celebrates amphitheater as thriving performing arts venue; touts season offering mix of high-profile concerts, theatrical productions, films, local artists

4/25/2012
Mayor Thanks Community for Response to Give A Day week
With more than 90,000 volunteers and acts of compassion, mayor Greg Fischer is thanking the community for it's outpuring of compassion during Louisville's first Give A Day week of service.

4/24/2012
Public Health and Wellness Offers Free Diabetes Classes
The Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness will hold a series of two free classes for individuals interested in learning about and managing diabetes. Classes will be held Saturday May 12 and Saturday May 19 at the Department of Public Health and Wellness at 400 E. Gray Street.

4/21/2012
Non-PVC Adhesive Process Construction Permit 34823-12-C for GE Appliances and Lighting
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District (District) proposes to issue a construction permit to GE Appliances & Lighting for a non-PVC adhesive process on the dishwasher rack line.

4/21/2012
Condenser Construction Permit 34565-12-C for Eckart America
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District (District) proposes to issue a construction permit for a condenser to Eckart America Corporation.

4/20/2012
Mayor Fischer accepts “Tree City USA” awards at Louisville Arbor Day Festival
Louisville has been recognized by the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree City USA community for its commitment to urban forestry. It is the 11th year Louisville has earned this recognition. Mayor Greg Fischer accepted the award on behalf of the city at the Louisville Arbor Day Festival, held today at Shawnee Park.

4/20/2012
Powder Paint Line Modification Construction Permit 34677-12-C for GE Appliances and Lighting
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District (District) proposes to issue a construction permit to GE Appliances & Lighting for modification of the powder paint line in U01

4/18/2012
Public Urged to Complete Community Health Survey
The Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness is urging people who weren’t able to attend any of five meetings held last month to survey community perceptions of healthcare needs in Louisville to complete an on-line survey on the subject. The survey is posted on the Metro Public Health and Wellness website at www.louisvilleky.gov/health. The survey is available in both English and Spanish.

4/17/2012
Metro Council members and staff to help Habitat as part of “Give a Day” with Mayor’s Week of Service
Council members and their staff will get a firsthand look at how one successful non-profit agency makes home ownership a reality for many families in Metro Louisville. As part of its commitment to the Mayor’s Week of Service, Council members and staff will “Give a Day” to Habitat for Humanity on Friday, April 20th.

4/16/2012
Video Volunteers Join Give A Day Week
College and high school students are using the power of the Internet to inspire more people to earn a college degree – a technology-based approach to Give-A-Day and Mayor Greg Fischer’s call to service. The “video volunteers” are part of a project coordinated by 55,000 Degrees, the community’s collaborative movement to add 55,000 more college graduates in Louisville by 2020.

4/14/2012
Proposed Title V Operating Permit 158-97-TV(R1) for Reynolds Consumer Products Louisville Foil Plant
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District (District) proposes to renew a Title V Operating permit to Reynolds Consumer Products, LLC, Louisville Foil Plant

4/13/2012
Louisville Poised to Set Record With Give A Day Week
A record number of volunteers will be cleaning up. Students from more than a hundred public, private and Catholic schools will be tackling community projects. There will even be an online competition to raise funds to help persons with autism. Those and hundreds of other projects and initiatives are part of the first annual Give A Day week of community service, April 14-22.

4/11/2012
Proposed Agreed Board Order with Louisville Gas & Electric Company
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control Board will hold a public hearing on April 18, 2012, on a proposed Agreed Board Order with Louisville Gas and Electric Company. LG&E is alleged to have violated District Regulations 1.07 (Excess Emissions During Startups, Shutdowns, and Upset Conditions) 1.09 (Prohibition of Air Pollution) and 1.14 (Control of Fugitive Particulate Emissions) at its facility located at 5252 Cane Run Road in Jefferson County, Kentucky.

4/10/2012
Neighborhood Place offers a variety of free workshops in April
Neighborhood Place locations all across Jefferson County offer free, valuable workshops and services year-round which are open to the community. Below are some of the highlighted events in April which include topics such as health screenings, parenting classes and disaster preparedness. To learn more about these workshops, including reservations requirements and contact info, please refer to the phone numbers by each event or visit http://www.louisvilleky.gov/CSR/Calendar/default.htm.

4/10/2012
Councilwoman Scott walks with LMPD officers in District 1 to promote crime prevention
Councilwoman Attica Scott will go door to door in neighborhoods of District 1 this week to remind residents of the importance of crime prevention and share steps to protect themselves from burglary. She will be joined by officers from the 2nd Division of Louisville Metro Police.

4/6/2012
Louisville Joins 'Cities for Financial Empowerment' Coalition
Citing the work that Louisville has done in improving the financial health of its low to moderate income residents, Mayor Greg Fischer received an invitation from New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee, co-chairs of Cities for Financial Empowerment, to join a coalition of other cities who have shown innovative thinking. The coalition currently includes eleven other cities. “The ability for cities to come together over one common issue and share best practices is a strategy that will strengthen and enrich the financial health of Louisville residents,” Fischer said. “Our Bank On Louisville program and the work being done by our Department of Community Services and Revitalization certainly helped raise our profile.”

4/6/2012
Volunteer Opportunities in D9 for Week of Service
Ward-Pugh announces volunteer projects for Mayor’s Week of Service in District 9. Those interested and willing to volunteer should come out and help

4/5/2012
Health Equity Summit II to be Held April 16
The Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness Center for Health Equity and the Norton Healthcare Centers for Prevention & Wellness are co-sponsoring a health equity summit. The event, “Health Equity Summit II: Setting a Vision for Tangible Change: Moving from Awareness to Action,” will be held at the Muhammad Ali Center, 144 N. Sixth St., April 16 from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The summit is free and open to the public.

4/5/2012
Heavy Oil Scrubbing System Construction Permit 34361-12-C for Reynolds Consumer Products
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District (District) proposes to issue a construction permit to Reynolds Consumer Products Louisville Foil Plant for a heavy oil scrubber system.

4/5/2012
Iroquois Park Corridor Economic Feasibility Study moves forward after approval by Metro Council
The Louisville Metro Council has approved funding for an important feasibility study designed to impact the economic development potential along the Iroquois Park corridor.

4/5/2012
Louisville Receives International Compassionate City Award
The city of Louisville has been selected to receive the 2012 Jack Olive International Compassionate City Award by the Compassionate Action Network International Institution in Seattle. The city will be honored in ceremonies tomorrow and Thursday in Seattle.

4/5/2012
Student Art Featured on TARC "Compassion Bus"
Thirteen local children have been named winners of TARC’s annual Design A Bus competition and will get to see their artwork adorn a bus that will be unveiled at the Louisville Zoo tomorrow morning.

4/5/2012
Councilman Miller to Honor Business Leader and Holocaust Survivor Abram Jakubowicz
During tonight’s meeting Councilman Miller will introduce, Mr. Jakubowicz, a 67 year survivor of the Holocaust, who is also about to celebrate 65 years of marriage and has been living within our community for more than 50 years, growing from a one dollar an hour employee to the owner a local eye care company.

4/4/2012
Local Grocery in Old Louisville is Finalist for National Honor
A small grocery in Old Louisville which only sells local foods from local farmers – and which was opened with the help of a city government loan – is the finalist in a national contest that highlights the importance of small businesses to the American economy. The Root Cellar, at 3rd and Hills streets on the site of a former gas station, is the only business from Kentucky to be named a finalist by the Retail Means Jobs competition of the National Retail Federation.

4/4/2012
Ackerson partners with LMPD for a safe Spring Break
With Spring Break close at hand, Councilman Brent Ackerson is partnering with officers in the Sixth Division of Louisville Metro Police to ensure the week is a safe one for residents in District 26.

4/4/2012
Metro Animal Services and Metro Police find and arrest man who shot cat with a bow and arrow.
Metro Animal Services and Metro Police arrest a man who shot a cat with a bow and arrow thanks to community involvement. Gabby, the cat, remains in hospital care but is recovering.

4/3/2012
Mayor Honors Outstanding High School Seniors
Public, private and Catholic students who have excelled in and out of the classroom are being honored today by Mayor Greg Fischer as recipients of the annual Mayor’s Outstanding High School Seniors award. Fischer will present the awards to 48 students this evening at 7:45 p.m., following a reception at Louisville Metro Hall.

4/3/2012
2012 Metro Parks Junior Golf Tour: Begins April 9th
Younger golfers looking to gain competitive experience in tournament play are invited to participate in the annual Metro Parks Junior Golf Tour.

4/3/2012
Green Triangle website upgrades with more interactive features
District 9’s Green Triangle website upgrades with more interactive features to enhance sustainability efforts

4/3/2012
Louisville Government A Top 10 Social Media City
The city’s voracious use of social media — from Facebook to Twitter to virtual Talk to Greg sessions — has earned Louisville Metro Government a top 10 ranking as one of America’s best social media cities. A study by the University of Illinois Chicago ranked Louisville 8th, just behind New York, Seattle, Portland and San Francisco, among others.

4/3/2012
Public Comment Period Opens for CAP Block Grant Annual Plan
The public may inspect the Louisville Metro Community Action Partnership’s (CAP) 2012-2013 Community Services Block Grant Annual Plan on-line starting April 4 through Friday, April 13, 2012. The Annual Plan outlines service programs and financing provided through the Community Action Partnership in Jefferson County. The Community Services Block Grant provides federal funding to Community Action Agencies across the nation that seek to address poverty at the community level. An advisory board with one-third public sector representation, one-third private sector representation and one-third community sector representation makes recommendations to Louisville Metro’s CAP’s Executive Administrator.

4/2/2012
Final Public Hearing on Landmark Ordinance set for Tuesday, April 3rd at 6:30pm
The Metro Council’s Planning, Zoning and Land Design Committee will hold its second and final public hearing on a proposed ordinance to amend Louisville Metro’s Designation of Historic Districts and Local Landmarks. The hearing will take place on Tuesday, April 3, 2012 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the meeting hall of UAW Local 862, 3000 Fern Valley Road.

4/2/2012
Frankfort Avenue Easter Parade on Apr 7
Ward-Pugh invites everyone to come out to celebrate twenty years of the Frankfort Avenue Easter Parade Event Set for Saturday, April 7th, Start Time 11:45am

3/30/2012
Mayor Declares World Record for Wearing Red
Calling it yet another example of the community’s “incredible spirit,” Mayor Greg Fischer today declared that University of Louisville Cardinal fans led the city to setting a new world’s record for people wearing red in a single day.

3/30/2012
30-Day Comment Period Opens for Brownsboro Road Diet Project
Metro Public Works is opening up a 30-day comment period on the Brownsboro Road Diet project to allow citizens an additional opportunity to provide input.

3/30/2012
Louisville Loop Public Meeting
Louisville Metro Parks invites the public to attend an initial meeting for the master planning of the Fairdale to Floyds Fork section of the Louisville Loop, Monday, April 16 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Okolona Christian Church, 10801 Faithful Way, Louisville KY.

3/29/2012
Public Schools Make Major Commitment to Give A Day Week of Service
Students will visit nursing homes, Kosair Children’s Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House. Others will write letters to troops overseas, tutor younger students and collect school supplies for victims of the recent tornadoes. It’s all part of a major effort by the Jefferson County Public Schools in support of Mayor Greg Fischer’s Give A Day week of community service, April 14-22.

3/29/2012
Hamilton announces special Town Hall meeting during Alcohol Awareness Month on April 10th
Is there an effective way for a neighborhood to fight alcohol sales? How can a community curb underage drinking? What laws need to be passed to achieve these goals? A special town hall meeting sponsored by the Shawnee Community Coalition in collaboration with Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D-5) and Seven Counties Services will address those issues on Tuesday, April 10th.

3/29/2012
President King sponsors ordinance to deal with obstructive street furniture dumped in public right o
President King is sponsoring an ordinance currently before the Metro Council’s Public Works, Bridges and Transportation Committee which deals with the problem of concrete advertising benches that have been showing up on street corners and near bus shelters in the public right of way.

3/29/2012
Metro Parks Special for April: Grand Slam Golf Giveaway
During the month of April, golfers who play a round at any of the nine courses operated by Louisville Metro Government will be entered to win one of several great prizes through the Metro Parks’ annual Grand Slam Golf Giveaway.

3/29/2012
Elementary School Students' Nature Learning Takes Center Stage at Iroquois Amphitheater
Students from five Louisville elementary schools will take to the stage April 4 and 5 at Iroquois Amphitheater, 1080 Amphitheater Road, offering presentations that demonstrate knowledge gained through participation in the nature-based Louisville ECHO program.

3/28/2012
Metro Council will address firefighter settlement at next meeting on Thursday, April 5th
President Jim King (D-10) announced there will be no special meeting of the Metro Council on Thursday, March 29th following discussions with the Kentucky Employee Retirement System.

3/28/2012
Moodys Affirms Strong Bond Rating for Louisville Metro
Moody’s rating agency has affirmed the strong bond rating of Aa1 for Louisville Metro Government’s general obligation bonds. The agency said the city’s strengths include a “sizable tax base, regional significant economy and modest debt burden.” The agency also said the city’s tax base is expected to remain stable, citing recent investments by Ford, GE and others to grow jobs.

3/28/2012
Metro Animal Services Searching for Cat Torture Suspects
Metro Animal Services is searching for suspects who tortured a cat. The incident happened Tuesday evening, March 27. A $2,500 reward is being offered for any information leading to the arrest and conviction.

3/27/2012
Councilman Blackwell hosts next “Coffee with your Councilman” on Saturday, April 7th
With spring in the air, Councilman Rick Blackwell is again inviting residents of District 12 to come out and have a free cup of coffee and let him know if you have a concern in your neighborhood.

3/27/2012
Annual Plant and Herb Sale - Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing
Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing will celebrate the return of spring with its annual Plant and Herb Sale on Saturday, April 14 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday, April 15 from Noon to 3 p.m. An Early Bird Sale will take place on Friday, April 13 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

3/27/2012
Mayor Fischer Delivers Meals to Seniors
Mayor Greg Fischer greeted seniors getting their midday meal today at the Kling Center then helped deliver Meals on Wheels to several nearby homes in Old Louisville -- part of the National Mayors for Meals celebration. Sponsored by the Meals on Wheels Association of America, Mayors for Meals seeks to raise awareness about senior hunger and to encourage action on the part of the local community.

3/27/2012
March’s “Talk with Tom” set for Saturday March 31st
March’s “Talk with Tom” set for Saturday March 31st on Saturday, March 31st at the Java Brewing Company, 1707 Bardstown Road starting at 9:00am.

3/27/2012
Mayor Fischer Declares Friday as Cardinal Red Day
Saying he wants the city to set a world’s record for the most people wearing red in one day, Mayor Greg Fischer today declared Friday as Cardinal Red Day in Louisville. He encouraged people to wear red, business to display red in their windows and doors and residents to show red at their homes and in their neighborhoods.

3/26/2012
Welch encourages District 13 to take advantage of the new Fairdale Public Library
It’s a new, state of the art, 7600 square foot facility now ready to serve Fairdale. Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13) joined Mayor Greg Fischer and community leaders to officially open the Fairdale Branch of the Louisville Free Public Library on Saturday.

3/26/2012
Public Health and Wellness Launches New WIC Website
Metro Public Health and Wellness has launched a new website - www.louisvillewic.org/ - to make the WIC program more accessible to eligible families throughout the area. The first one hundred people to visit the website and register will be eligible to win a baby gift basket or a one-month membership to the YMCA.

3/24/2012
Mayor Joins to Open New Fairdale Library
The doors opened today on the new $2.2 million Fairdale Library located at 10620 West Manslick Road just northeast of the current branch library. The new state-of-the-art facility is Fairdale’s first free-standing library since a branch started there in 1974 and the first new library to open in Louisville since the Newburg Library in mid-2009.

3/23/2012
Proposed Amendments to Regulations 1.15, 5.02, 5.14, and 7.02
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control Board opens a public comment period March 23, 2012, on amendments to District Regulations Regulation 1.15 Version of Federal Regulations Incorporated by Reference Version #16, Draft #1, Regulation 5.02 Adoption and Incorporation by Reference of National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants Version #19, Draft #1, Regulation 5.14 Hazardous Air Pollutants and Source Categories Version #8, Draft #1, and Regulation 7.02 Adoption and Incorporation by Reference of Federal New Source Performance Standards Version #16, Draft #1, which were proposed on March 21, 2012. Written statements will be accepted by the Board Secretary-Treasurer, Rachael Hamilton, Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District, 850 Barret Ave., Louisville, KY 40204-1745, until 5:00 p.m. April 23, 2012.

3/23/2012
Three Community Health Assessment Meetings Slated for Next Week
Three community meetings conducted by Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness director Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt will take place next week. The meetings are designed to survey Louisville residents, the leaders of community based organizations, physicians and business leaders on their experiences in accessing health services as well as their perceptions of quality of healthcare.

3/22/2012
Metro Council will continue to study the proposed $10.8 million settlement payment to KERS
The Louisville Metro Council has delayed a vote on a proposed ordinance dealing with the penalty assessed by the Kentucky Employee Retirement System to Metro Government for not paying into the system during the firefighter settlement litigation. The penalty is for $10.8 million.

3/22/2012
Metro Councilman Engel & Fern Creek Community Association to Host Annual Cleanup on April 14, 2012
Louisville Metro Councilman Robin Engel (District 22) and the Fern Creek Community Association and Chamber of Commerce will hold a District 22 clean-up on Saturday, April 14, between 8:00 a.m. and noon.

3/22/2012
Mayor Challenges Community “Give A Day” April 15-22
Punctuated by the “call to the post” from Churchill Downs bugler Steve Buttleman, Mayor Greg Fischer today challenged the community to “get in the race” and help Louisville set a world’s record for public service during the Give A Day volunteer week April 15-22. The week of service helps launch this year’s Kentucky Derby Festival and coincides with National Volunteer Week. Surrounded by volunteers from organizations and companies ranging from Jefferson County Public Schools to the YMCA and UPS, Fischer said there will be something for everyone to do during the annual Give A Day week.

3/22/2012
District 9 Spotlight's Green Triangle
Green Triangle initiative focus of new District 9 Spotlight on Metro TV. Sustainability ideas and innovations are highlighted in program

3/22/2012
Ordinance Allows Change to Booting Regulations
The Parking Authority of River City will begin placing immobilizing devices, called boots, on vehicles that have three or more unpaid parking tickets, even if the car is parked legally. The new regulations will begin on May 7 – allowing people 45 days to pay their tickets to avoid the boot.

3/22/2012
Six Businesses Approved for Small Biz Loans
Six loans in the amount of $337,767 were approved by the Louisville Metropolitan Business Development Corporation. These loans will leverage $2 million in total investment.

3/21/2012
City and Postal Service Team Up to Protect Louisville Citizens
Mayor Greg Fischer, along with officials from the U.S. Postal Service, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the metro and state public health departments today announced an agreement whereby postal letter carriers would deliver life-saving medications to Louisville citizens in the event of a bioterrorist attack.

3/21/2012
Metro Animal Services "March Madness"
Metro Animal Services is facing a March Madness of its own. Over 400 dogs and cats have entered the shelter so far this month. Adoptions promotions are underway to help save lives!

3/20/2012
Louisville Earns Grant to Help Vulnerable Families, Individuals

3/20/2012
GE Unveils New Refrigerator Factory in Louisville
Governor Steve Beshear today joined Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and company and local leaders for the grand opening of GE’s new factory at Louisville’s Appliance Park, the second GE facility to open within a month and a half at the manufacturing complex.

3/20/2012
Welch announces next “Coffee with your Councilwoman” set for Tuesday, April 3rd
District 13’s next “Coffee with your Councilwoman” is set for Tuesday, April 3rd as Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch continues her effort to reach out to new neighborhoods in her district.

3/20/2012
District 2 and Newburg Community Center to host “Making Dreams Come True”
For many high school seniors, Prom Night is a night to remember for years to come. But for some, it can be an expensive memory. This weekend two different groups will change that when “Making Dreams Come True” gets underway at the Newburg Community Center.

3/19/2012
Steve Conrad Sworn in as Louisville Police Chief
Saying he is delighted to return home and help lead Louisville to being the safest city if America, Steve Conrad was sworn in by Mayor Greg Fischer today as the new Chief of the Louisville Metro Police Department. A Louisville native, Conrad currently is Chief of Police in Glendale, Arizona, where he has earned accolades as a strong, steady and compassionate leader.

3/19/2012
Metro Parks Hosting Public Meeting on Charlie Vettiner Park Master Plan
Metro Parks will host a public meeting on Tuesday, April 17, to discuss future plans for Charlie Vettiner Park.

3/17/2012
Animal Services Alerts Public About Serious Neglect/ Abuse Case
Animal Services Alerts Public About Serious Neglect/Abuse Case

3/17/2012
March District 12 Dialogue to focus on Economic Development and Innovation
The effort to coordinate job creation and economic growth for Metro Louisville will be in the spotlight for Councilman Rick Blackwell’s next District 12 Dialogue on Tuesday, March 20th.

3/16/2012
Louisville Receives Two Grants From KY Agricultural Development Board
Louisville received two grants today for food-related programs from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board. Louisville Farm to Table received $120,000 for two years to continue its work in connecting consumers with local farmers, and a new low-interest loan program targeted to businesses processing food grown by Kentucky farmers, called the Louisville Agribusiness Loan, was created with $250,000. Both grants will be fully matched by the city.

3/15/2012
Scott and Legal Aid Society partner to help District 1 residents with foreclosure and expungement
Are you facing foreclosure? How do you handle a dispute with a landlord? Do you know how to clear a minor traffic violation or misdemeanor offense off your record? Residents of District 1 have a chance to find those answers at a free “Ask-A-Lawyer” clinic sponsored by Councilwoman Attica Scott (D-1) and Louisville’s Legal Aid Society on Tuesday, March 20th.

3/15/2012
Spring Forum Apr. 2
Ward-Pugh hosts Ninth District Spring Community Forum on Monday April 2nd.

3/14/2012
Lexington Road Planting on Sat, Mar. 24th
Ward-Pugh calls on volunteers to get Lexington Road ready for Spring. It’s time to plant, mulch and maintain on Saturday, March 24th

3/13/2012
Mayor Orders Economic Study of Fourth Street Live
Saying Louisville Metro Government and the citizens need the facts about the value of Fourth Street Live, Mayor Greg Fischer today ordered an economic impact study of the downtown entertainment district.

3/13/2012
Scott to address Brandeis Elementary students at City Hall
Historic City hall will become a classroom on Wednesday, March 14th when an estimated 100 students from Brandeis Elementary School will visit to learn more about the Metro Council and Metro Government.

3/13/2012
Police Chief to be Sworn Monday, March 19th
Mayor Greg Fischer will officially swear in Steve Conrad as the city's new police chief on Monday, March 19, 2012.

3/13/2012
Economic Development in West Louisville focus of March District 5 Neighborhood Advisory Meeting
What is the current progress in bringing economic development to West Louisville? What’s the latest on the loan program to help the Portland area? And what’s next for the West Market Street Corridor? Those questions are up for discussion at the March 19th District 5 Neighborhood Advisory Meeting.

3/12/2012
2012 NCAA Tournament 2nd and 3rd Rounds
The NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament 2nd and 3rd rounds will be in Louisville at the KFC Yum! Center from March 14 - March 17, 2012.

3/12/2012
Health Director to Meet with West Louisville Residents Tomorrow
The first of five community meetings conducted by Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness director Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt will take place tomorrow evening. The meetings are designed to survey Louisville residents, the leaders of community based organizations, physicians and business leaders on their experiences in accessing health services as well as their perceptions of quality of care. The meeting will be held tomorrow, Tuesday March 13 at 6:00 p.m. at the NIA Center at 2900 W. Broadway.

3/9/2012
Councilman James to honor Officer Lamont Washington at Metro Council meeting on Thursday
Councilman David James (D-6) will honor a special guest at Thursday night’s Metro Council meeting as a way to show appreciation for one of Louisville Metro Police’s finest, Officer Lamont Washington.

3/8/2012
Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Offering Mini-grants
The Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement is now accepting applications for 2012 mini-grants. The grants will range from $2,000 to $3,000 each and will fund activities that support physical activity, healthy nutrition, tobacco use prevention and cessation and chronic disease prevention and management.

3/8/2012
Louisville Farm to Table Creating New Connections for Farmers and JCPS Sysco
Louisville Farm to Table has beenworking with JCPS and Sysco Louisville to make connections that bring more local food to tables, assisting in the farmers’ bottom lines, and slowly diminishing the gap between supply of local food produced by regional farmers and demand of the institutions who serve food daily to its customers.

3/7/2012
Free WiFi Conference Space For Small Businesses
Small businesses and start-ups now have a conference room with wi-fi that can be reserved in the Department of Economic Growth and Innovation’s offices downtown.

3/7/2012
Discover The Loop!
A Waterfront Park gathering today celebrated the unveiling of the Louisville Loop’s Big Four Bridge trailhead.

3/6/2012
Thunder Over Louisville RV Parking, Tent Camping Available at Eva Bandman Park
Thunder Over Louisville fans making last-minute plans for a place to park their RV, pitch a tent or park their car have an option that’s close to the action.

3/6/2012
Louisville Earns National Healthier City Award
Joined by youth from west Louisville neighborhoods, Mayor Greg Fischer celebrated Louisville efforts to create healthier neighborhoods -- which has led Louisville to earning the first annual Childhood Obesity Prevention award at from the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

3/6/2012
Dr. Nesbitt Reports on Louisville’s Health
“The transformation of Louisville into the healthiest city in America will begin with improvements in three key areas - tobacco prevention and control; healthy eating and active living; and the increased use of quality clinical preventive services,” said Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt, director of the Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness, today in her first major address since coming to Louisville.

3/5/2012
Mayor Urges Compassion for Tornado Victims
Citing the “truly unbelievable” level of destruction and loss from Friday’s multiple tornadoes, Mayor Greg Fischer said Louisville has a chance again to demonstrate how compassionate the community is by donating to help storm victims.

3/5/2012
Free Workshop to Help Restaurants Offer Healthy, Tasty Menu Selections
The Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement and Sullivan University’s National Center for Hospitality Studies are partnering to provide a free half-day workshop to show local restaurant owners and chefs that a few small changes can help them create the healthier menu options customers are demanding. The workshop will be held on Friday, March 9, from 8:45 a.m. to noon at Sullivan University, 3101 Bardstown Rd.

3/5/2012
U of L Degree in Public Health/ Urban Planning to Support Community Health Effort
The University of Louisville is admitting students to a new master’s degree program that combines public health and urban planning. It was developed as a project of Louisville’s Putting Prevention to Work grant awarded to the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement.

3/4/2012
Proposed Title V Operating Permit 136-97-TV(R1) for Brown Forman Distillery
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District (District) proposes to issue a Title V Operating permit to Brown Forman Distillery.

3/2/2012
Southwest Pride Clean-Up set for March 31st
Southwest Community Pride Clean-Up set for March 31st

3/2/2012
Public Notice for Federally Enforceable District Origin Operating Permits (FEDOOPs)
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District will begin providing public notice for FEDOOPs issued pursuant to Regulation 2.17 through a periodic listing published by the District on its website.

3/1/2012
Health Director to Outline the State of Louisville’s Health
In her first address to the community since coming to Louisville, Public Health and Wellness Director Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt will share current data on the health of the city. Louisville’s Health address will take place on Tuesday, March 6 from noon to 1:00 p.m. at the Department of Public Health and Wellness at 400 E. Gray St.

3/1/2012
Council members put Historical Ali Marker on display in the Kentucky Center for African American Her
There is something new at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage to remind anyone who walks through Louisville’s West End that “The Greatest” Muhammad Ali called this city his home before making his name in the world.

2/29/2012
Public Hearings Announced on Proposed Changes to Ordinance on Historic Districts and Landmarks
The Louisville Metro Council’s Planning and Zoning Committee will hold two (2) public hearings on a proposed ordinance (O-33-02-12), which will amend Louisville Metro’s Designation of Historic Districts and Local Landmarks

2/29/2012
Workshop to Connect Small Business with Crowdfunding Capital
Mayor Greg Fischer announced today that a second “Crowdfunding Means Business” workshop will be held by the Louisville Metro Department of Economic Growth & Innovation to help businesses explore crowdfunding resources. The workshop is Tuesday, March 13, 5:30 p.m. at the Main Library, 301 York Street, in the Centennial Room.

2/29/2012
Workshop to Connect Small Businesses with Crowdfunding Capital
Mayor Greg Fischer announced today that a second “Crowdfunding Means Business” workshop will be held by the Louisville Metro Department of Economic Growth & Innovation to help businesses explore crowdfunding resources. The workshop is Tuesday, March 13, 5:30 p.m. at the Main Library, 301 York Street, in the Centennial Room.

2/29/2012
Public Hearings Announced on Proposed Changes to Ordinance on Historic Districts and Landmarks
The Louisville Metro Council’s Planning and Zoning Committee will hold two (2) public hearings on a proposed ordinance (O-33-02-12), which will amend Louisville Metro’s Designation of Historic Districts and Local Landmarks.

2/28/2012
Scott brings the message of “The Lorax" to students at five District 1 Elementary Schools
Councilwoman Attica Scott will spend some time in five District 1 elementary schools bringing an important message to students from a beloved children’s storyteller on Thursday, March1st.

2/25/2012
Proposed FEDOOP Operating Permit 190-01-F(R1) for Heaven Hill
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District (District) proposes to issue a FEDOOP Operating permit to Heaven Hill Distillery

2/25/2012
Proposed Title V Operating Permit 135-97-TV(R1) for Brown-Forman Cooperage
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District (District) proposes to renew a Title V Operating permit to Brown-Forman Cooperage.

2/24/2012
Metro Parks Summer Camp Registration Begins March 5th
Metro Parks will begin accepting registrations for summer camp for kids beginning Monday, March 5th at all summer camp sites (listed below), and goes through Friday, June 8th. Summer camp is an eight-week program, beginning the week of June 4th and running through July 27th.

2/24/2012
Ford Unveils New Escape
Ford’s latest announcement has brought its total commitment to Louisville to about $1.2 million, with investments at both the Kentucky Truck Plant and the Louisville Assembly Plant. Ford unveiled its newest product, the 2013 Ford Escape, which will be produced out of the Louisville Assembly Plant, at the Louisville New Car show on February 24, 2012.

2/24/2012
Golf Special for March: $3 off at Louisville Metro Parks Courses
The mild winter has meant more golfing opportunities, and now golfing is even more affordable with a $3 discount during March at all nine Metro Parks golf courses.

2/24/2012
METCO Approves Loans to Three Small Businesses
Three loans in the amount of $249,804 was approved by the Louisville Metropolitan Business Development Corporation. These loans will leverage nearly $3.9 million in total investment.

2/23/2012
COPA Announces New Arts Series
Mayor Greg Fischer and the Louisville Commission on Public Art are unveiling the first competition of its inaugural Artist Event Series. “On The Floor: Cultural Producers Compete For Space” invites six teams of artists to an ideas ccompetition, to study and propose public art in two locally important public spaces.

2/23/2012
Councilwoman Scott to attend ribbon cutting for new playground at Crums Lane elementary
Councilwoman Attica Scott (D-1) will join students, teachers, parents and other community leaders for a special event on Friday, February 24th. Crums Lane Elementary will officially cut the ribbon on a first ever playground for the school.

2/22/2012
Proposed Plantwide Applicability Limit Construction Permit 30043-11-C for Ford KTP
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District (District) proposes to issue a Plantwide Applicability Limit (PAL) construction permit to Ford Motor Company Kentucky Truck Plant.

2/22/2012
Public Health and Wellness Offers Free Diabetes Classes
The Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness will hold a series of four free classes for individuals interested in learning about and managing diabetes. Classes begin Thursday, March 8 at the YMCA Services Office, 545 S. 2nd Street, 40202.

2/22/2012
Proposed Title V Operating Permit 150-97-TV(R1) for Ford KTP
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District (District) proposes to renew a Title V Operating permit for Ford Motor Company Kentucky Truck Plant.

2/22/2012
Metro Council to honor Outstanding Community leaders as part of Black History month
On Thursday, February 23rd the Metro Council’s Community Affairs Committee will hold a special meeting to honor Outstanding Community leaders as part of its 2012 Black History Month Program. The meeting begins at 12:00pm in Council Chambers, 601 West Jefferson Street.

2/22/2012
NFCA Relocates Headquarters to Louisville
Mayor Greg Fischer today announced the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) will move into the former 5,000-square-foot Crescent Hill Woman's Club facility in Louisville, creating 12 jobs and making a $525,000 investment.

2/21/2012
Shawnee/Portland Neighborhoods Livability Plan – Public Meeting - Feb. 28th
Metro Parks and the Shawnee/Portland Livability project Advisory Committee will host a public meeting Tuesday, February 28, from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Shawnee Golf Course Clubhouse, 460 Northwestern Parkway.

2/21/2012
Welch invites new District 13 constituents to come out for March’s “Coffee with your Councilwoman”
With the approval of redistricting by the Metro Council in 2011, Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch is inviting new residents of District 13 to her March “Coffee with Your Councilwoman.”

2/21/2012
February’s “Talk with Tom” set for Saturday at Douglass Loop
District 8 residents are invited to come out for a cup of coffee and a chance to talk about what’s going on in their neighborhoods. February’s “Talk with Tom” is set for Saturday, February 25th at Heine Brothers Coffee at the Douglass Loop beginning at 9:00am-11:00am.

2/18/2012
Proposed Title V Operating Permit 148-97-TV(R3) Administrative Revision for LLFlex LLC
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District (District) proposes to issue an Administrative Revision to the Title V Operating permit for LLFlex, LLC Louisville Laminating Plant

2/17/2012
February’s District 12 Dialogue to talk about air quality in Metro Louisville
It will not be long until warmer weather will return to Metro Louisville and with it will come the chance of several air quality advisory days because of ozone levels. The local agency in charge of air quality will be the focus of the next District 12 Dialogue on Tuesday, February 21st.

2/17/2012
Scott and Blackwell and state lawmakers to attend meeting on coal ash in southwest Louisville
Metro Council members Attica Scott (D-1) and Rick Blackwell (D-12) along with the Air Pollution Control District and the Sierra Club are sponsoring an informational community meeting concerning the problem with coal ash in Southwest Jefferson County. The meeting will be held on Monday, February 20th at the Southwest Government Center, 7219 Dixie Highway from 7:00pm until 9:00pm

2/16/2012
KYTC Prepares For Bridge Reopening
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is preparing for the reopening of the Sherman Minton Bridge by moving concrete barrier walls and replacing them with orange barrels and signs. Because of the time and equipment required, removal of the heavy barriers has to begin days in advance of the bridge reopening.

2/16/2012
Metro Parks Spring Adult Athletic Leagues Registration Begins March 1st
Metro Parks will begin accepting team registrations for spring athletic leagues beginning Tuesday, March 1 at the Athletics office, across from the Louisville Zoo at 3783 Illinois Avenue.

2/16/2012
Southwest Greenways Master Plan Presentation at Public Meeting
Metro Parks will host a public meeting on Monday, March 5, to present the Southwest Greenways master plan. The meeting will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Fairdale Playtorium, 10616 W. Manslick Road.

2/15/2012
Metro Parks Hosting Public Meeting on Olmsted Parkways Plan - March 6th
Metro Parks will host a public meeting on Tuesday, March 6, to reintroduce and describe the Olmsted Parkways Shared Use Path plan, a bicycle/pedestrian improvement project. The meeting will take place from 6:00 to 8:30pm at the South Louisville Community Center, 2911 Taylor Boulevard.

2/15/2012
Learn more about MSD Rain Barrel Pilot Program
Ward-Pugh encourages Payne Street Residents to learn more about MSD Rain Barrel Pilot Project. Informational meeting set for Tuesday, February 21st

2/14/2012
Office for Globalization Forms International Councils
Office for Globalization Forms International Councils Will promote economic, educational and community initiatives with a global focus

2/14/2012
Office for Globalization Forms International Councils
Office for Globalization Forms International Councils; Will promote economic, educational and community initiatives with a global focus

2/14/2012
2012 “Doing Our Part from the Heart” begins its sixth year of helping those who serve America
It is a campaign with a simple goal: to let the men and women who serve in the United States Military know that they are not forgotten. For the last five years, Councilwoman Madonna Flood (D-24) has chosen Valentine’s Day to kick off “Doing Our Part from the Heart.”

2/14/2012
Scott encourages students at Maupin Elementary to get involved with fire safety and smoke detectors
In an effort to keep children and families safe, Councilwoman Attica Scott (D-1) has stressed the importance of properly working smoke detectors in the home at all times. Her message went to a special audience: the students at Maupin Elementary School.

2/14/2012
Yates Amendment seeks more neighborhood involvement in landmark designations
Councilman David Yates (D-25) is proposing an amendment to Metro Government Land Development Code that calls for more neighborhood involvement when designating a structure as an historic landmark. It also designates the Metro Council as having the final review on any approval

2/14/2012
Louisville’s Rare Copy of Declaration of Independence
The city’s rare copy of the “Declaration of Independence” was briefly transported from its home at Metro Hall last week to be professionally scanned by the imaging manager at the University of Louisville’s photo archives department. With the cooperation of Metro Louisville’s facilities crew and archives staff, Speed Museum personnel and Ekstrom Library’s photo archives department, the copy was removed from its display case, transported, scanned in high definition, and returned to its secured location in about three hours.

2/13/2012
City to Host Pecha Kucha -- Night of Ideas
Ideas about the city’s culture, growth and history will be celebrated and discussed next week at Louisville Metro Hall – and the public is invited to attend the free event. Mayor Greg Fischer is hosting Pecha Kucha, an evening in which presenters get 20 slides and 20 seconds per slide to pitch their ideas.

2/12/2012
Proposed Title V Operating Permit 158-97-TV(R1) Renewal for Reynolds Consumer Products
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District (District) proposes to renew a Title V Operating permit to Reynolds Consumer Products, LLC, Louisville Foil Plant

2/10/2012
Councilwoman Scott to talk smoke detectors and fire safety with Maupin Elementary students
Councilwoman Attica Scott (D-1) will hold a special event with students at Maupin Elementary to heighten the importance of smoke detectors in the home and fire prevention on Tuesday, February 14th.

2/10/2012
Insight Settlement, Department Reductions Help Balance City Budget
A $3.5 million settlement from Insight Communications regarding its franchise with Louisville Metro Government — along with nearly $6.8 million in cuts across city departments and related agencies — will balance the current fiscal year budget, Mayor Greg Fischer announced today.

2/10/2012
Majority Caucus issues statement on Budget Reconciliation plan from Mayor Fischer
The Majority Caucus of the Louisville Metro Council has issued the following statement in regard to the Budget Reconciliation plan presented by Mayor Greg Fischer on Friday.

2/10/2012
City Reaches Settlement Agreement With Insight Communications
After a year of focused negotiations, Louisville Metro Government and Insight Communications have reached a settlement agreement. It includes a one-time distribution of $3.5 million and preserves existing services and benefits to cable customers and the community – which was Mayor Greg Fischer’s primary goal.

2/9/2012
Long John Silvers Opens New Worldwide Corporate Headquarters in Louisville
Mayor Greg Fischer joined Lt. Governor Jerry Abramson today and company officials for a ribbon cutting to unveil Long John Silver’s new worldwide corporate headquarters. The new headquarters will be home to approximately 70 employees and represents a $3.8 million investment in the Commonwealth.

2/8/2012
Metro Councilman Robin Engel to Host Town Hall Meeting
Louisville Metro Councilman Robin Engel (District 22) will hold a town hall meeting on Monday, February 27, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. at Down Syndrome of Louisville’s Lifelong Learning Center (5001 South Hurstbourne Parkway).

2/8/2012
Hamilton says District 5 Neighborhood Advisory Committee will receive updates on health issues
Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton invites residents in the area to the next District 5 Neighborhood Advisory Committee meeting to learn more about healthy programs and initiatives in West Louisville.

2/7/2012
Ackerson encourages District 26 residents to attend Hikes Point Relief Sewer Project meeting
Councilman Brent T. Ackerson is encouraging residents in the Bon Air area of District 26 to attend an important meeting hosted by MSD regarding the Hikes Point Relief Sewer Project on Thursday, February 9th

2/7/2012
Financial Firm Creating New Jobs, Corporate Headquarters in Louisville
Governor Steve Beshear and Mayor Greg Fischer today announced Jefferson National Financial Corp. (JNFC) will relocate its headquarters from New York to Louisville, creating 95 jobs at an average annual salary of more than $85,000. Jefferson National Financial also plans a 16,000-square-foot expansion to its existing or nearby facility in Louisville.

2/7/2012
Notice of Special Meeting
Notice of Special Board of Commissioners' Meeting to take place February 9, 2012, at 9:00 a.m.

2/6/2012
Bill Summers Retiring; Public Reception Set for Feb. 28, 5 p.m.
William Summers IV, who has served top leadership roles in Louisville city government over four decades and is currently Chief Administrative Officer overseeing all aspects of public safety, announced today that he will retire, effective March 1.

2/6/2012
Welch holds first “Coffee with Your Councilwoman” of 2012 on Saturday, February 18th
Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch is beginning a brand new year by once again extending an invitation to residents of District 13 to come out for “Coffee with Your Councilwoman” on Saturday, February 18th at 9:30am at First String Family Sports Grill.

2/3/2012
Zagat Lists Louisville as Favorite "Foodie" Destination
Louisville received more evidence of its growing reputation as a great place to eat earlier this week, when it was named one of the “Best Foodie Getaways around the World” by Zagat.

2/3/2012
Five Finalists for Police Chief Named
Mayor Greg Fischer today named the five finalists for the Louisville Metro Police Chief. They are Chief Steve Conrad, Deputy Chief Yvette Gentry, Deputy Chief Vince Robison, Chief Rick Sanders and Chief Glenn Skeens.

2/2/2012
Councilwoman Scott invites District 1 to “Ask Attica” on Feb. 7th
Residents of District 1 are invited to the next “Ask Attica” Community Conversation set for Tuesday, February 7 to talk over issues and concerns with Councilwoman Attica Scott and other representatives of Metro Government.

2/2/2012
Valentine’s Day Gift Idea: 2012 Metro Parks Golf Discount Book
Looking for a creative gift for your golf-loving Valentine? The 2012 Metro Parks Golf Discount Book is a great way to say “I love you” by giving the gift of healthy, fun, outdoor activity, and huge savings through the rest of the year!

2/2/2012
Budget Committee to review all Capital Budget projects in light of potential shortfall
In light of a potential $12 million dollar shortfall in the current 2011- 2012 Budget and a potential $20 million to $30 million shortfall next fiscal year, the Metro Council’s Budget Committee will hear an ordinance that calls for a review of all capital construction projects not yet underway previously proposed in Metro Government Capital Budget and carried in the City’s Cumulative Capital Reserve Fund.

2/1/2012
Register for FREE tax preparation in Feb-Mar
Ward-Pugh and VITA once again go mobile on Fridays in District 9. Free tax help available through Councilwoman and UCHM

2/1/2012
Louisville Earns Grant to Fuel After-School Programs for Kids
Louisville will use new grant funding announced today to strengthen its efforts to provide quality after-school programs and resources to at-risk children and teens, Mayor Greg Fischer said.

2/1/2012
Valentine Hikes at Jefferson Memorial Forest
Romantic Valentine evenings await on Monday, February 13th, and Tuesday February 14th, at Jefferson Memorial Forest.

2/1/2012
Four Union Contracts Presented to Metro Council
Four new union contracts which cover about 100 carpenters, fire majors, electricians and other city employees will be presented to the Louisville Metro Council today. As part of the presentation, Chief Financial Officer Steve Rowland will provide a financial analysis so council members and the public will know the additional costs to taxpayers of the new contracts.

1/31/2012
Community Affairs Committee to discuss the expunging of minor offenses off a criminal record
The Metro Council’s Community Affairs Committee will host a discussion of the topic of expunging minor offenses off a criminal record when it meets on Wednesday. February 1st.

1/31/2012
Councilwoman Woolridge honored as “TrailBlazer” by Toyota Motor for Black History Month
Councilwoman Mary C. Woolridge (D-3) will be honored on February 14th as a “Trail Blazer” by Toyota Motor Manufacturing as part of the automaker’s celebration of Black History Month.

1/30/2012
District 12 “Coffee with your Councilman” begins a new year on Saturday, February 4th
Councilman Rick Blackwell is starting off the new year with an invitation to residents of District 12 to enjoy a free cup of coffee and some conversation on Saturday, February 4th.

1/30/2012
Shigellosis Cases Continue to Rise
Shigellosis cases continue to rise in Louisville. Last week, January 23 – 29, there were 18 laboratory confirmed cases, the highest number in any week so far during the current outbreak. There have been 84 laboratory confirmed cases in the last thirteen weeks. This compares to an average of 62 confirmed cases per year in Louisville for the past five years.

1/30/2012
Mayor Fischer Focuses on Youth Summer Jobs
Mayor Greg Fischer and Congressman John Yarmuth today announced plans to put Louisville young adults, ages 16 – 21, to work this summer in meaningful jobs paying at or above minimum wage. Two programs, the Youth Opportunity Showcase and KentuckianaWorks: SummerWorks2012, will help youth find summer jobs in a tough teenage job market with unemployment around 25 percent.

1/29/2012
Proposed Title V Construction Permit 29161-10-C(R2) for GE Appliances & Lighting
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District (District) proposes to issue a revised construction permit to GE Appliances & Lighting for two heating ovens.

1/27/2012
Metro Council unanimously passes revised illegal dumping ordinance that includes vehicle impoundment
The Louisville Metro Council is sending a strong message to anyone illegally dumping in Metro Louisville. If caught, you not only face a fine, but impoundment of your vehicle for up to twelve months.

1/26/2012
Local Business Approved for Small Business Loan
METCO approved one loan in its January board meeting, and set the 2012 calendar of board meetings.

1/25/2012
President King forwards Metro Council Budget reduction letter to Mayor Fischer
Metro Council President Jim King (D-10) has sent Mayor Greg Fischer a letter suggesting budget recommendations that if enacted could save the local government between $10 to $20 million dollars annually.

1/25/2012
Public Health and Wellness and Lyndon Fire Add a New Stop Smoking Class
The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness is teaming up with the Lyndon Fire Department to help more people successfully kick the tobacco habit. Lyndon Fire is the first local fire department to facilitate the Cooper Clayton smoking cessation class series. The class begins on Wednesday, February 15 at 7:00 p.m. at the Lyndon Firehouse located at 8126 New Lagrange Rd. The series uses the Cooper/Clayton method to stop smoking, a 13 week program that includes weekly support group meetings combined with the use of nicotine replacement products such as patches and gum. Participants receive free weekly supplies of nicotine replacement products. To register phone 574 – STOP (574-7867) or email StopSmoking@louisvilleky.gov

1/24/2012
Report Shows Too Much Unplanned City Overtime, Recommends Changes
Louisville taxpayers spend nearly $14 million a year on unplanned overtime pay for city workers, some of which can be reduced with better management and long-term changes to union contracts, according to a report released today by Mayor Greg Fischer.

1/24/2012
Councilwoman Hamilton hosts District 5 Community Forum on Tuesday, January 31st
Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton will host District 5’s first Community Forum of the year on Tuesday, January 31st at 6:30pm. The Community Forum is a chance to meet with Metro Government officials and voice any concerns or issues

1/24/2012
Forecastle Festival and My Morning Jacket Team for 10th Anniversary
The Forecastle Festival - Louisville's nautically-themed summertime celebration of music, art, and environmental activism - has announced that My Morning Jacket will headline and assist in curating the festival’s tenth anniversary. The 3-day event will take place July 13 – 15, 2012, at Louisville’s scenic, award-winning Waterfront Park.

1/24/2012
Councilman David James partners with Old Louisville Neighborhood to enhance the beauty of Central Pa
Walkers and joggers who use Central Park will notice something new when looking at something old. Councilman David James (D-6) has led an effort to install five new large windows in the Old Louisville Information Center (OLIC), home to the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council and various other neighborhood groups.

1/23/2012
Majority Caucus to meet on Thursday, January 26th
The Majority Caucus of the Louisville Metro Council will meet on Thursday, January 26th at 4:00pm. The meeting will take place in the Third Floor Conference Room, Historic City Hall 601 West Jefferson Street.

1/23/2012
Public Health and Wellness Offers Free Diabetes Classes
The Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness will hold a series of four free classes for individuals interested in learning about and managing diabetes. Classes begin Thursday, February 2 at the Catholic Enrichment Center at 3146 W. Broadway.

1/20/2012
Storm Debris Drop-off Jan. 28th
Citizens left with limbs, branches and other debris after this week’s tornadoes can haul their debris to Waste Management’s Outer Loop Recycling and Disposal facility, located at 2673 Outer Loop on Saturday, January 28, 2012 (a week from this Saturday) from 10a.m. – 2 p.m.. The cost is $15 per load.

1/19/2012
Welch Appointed to Vice Chair of National League of Cities’ 2012 Human Development Steering Committe
Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13) has been appointed to Vice Chair the National League of Cities’ (NLC) 2012 Human Development Steering Committee which is responsible for developing policy positions on issues involving social services, children and learning, poverty and income support, employment and workforce development, equal opportunity, Social Security and seniors, individuals with disabilities, public health care, mental health parity and immigration reform.

1/19/2012
Welch hosts District 13 Health Fair and Mammography Screening on Friday, February 10th
It is an event designed to help women fight a deadly killer and at the same time show a community how to live a healthier lifestyle. Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch is inviting residents to the District 13 Health Fair and Mammography Screening on Friday, February 10th

1/19/2012
2012 “Talk with Tom” Schedule set for the Highlands
Councilman Tom Owen invites residents of District 8 to come out, have a cup of coffee and let him know about a problem or concern at “Talk with Tom”.“Our agenda is the same as last year. You have a chance to have a very informal one on one conversation with me over a cup of coffee or tea” says Owen

1/18/2012
Free Workshop to Help Restaurants Offer Healthy, Tasty Menu Selections
The Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement and Sullivan University’s National Center for Hospitality Studies are partnering to provide a free half-day workshop to show local restaurant owners and chefs that a few small changes can help them create the healthier menu options customers are demanding. The workshop will be held on Friday, January 20, from 9 a.m. to noon at Sullivan University, 3101 Bardstown Rd.

1/18/2012
Director of Performance Improvement Hired to Boost City Accountability, Efficiency
Mayor Greg Fischer announced today that he’s hired Theresa Reno-Weber as the city’s first Director of Performance Improvement, a position designed to help bring the best of private sector accountability, transparency and efficiency to the government — and ultimately create a culture of continuous improvement that will save taxpayer dollars.

1/17/2012
Owen, Ward-Pugh and Ackerson host meeting for residents concerning Bowman Field tree situation
In an effort to answer questions and hear concerns, Councilman Tom Owen (D-8), Councilwoman Tina Ward Pugh (D-9) and Councilman Brent T. Ackerson (D-26) will host a special meeting concerning the FAA plan to cut and replace trees in several areas around Bowman Field.

1/17/2012
Councilman James leads effort to help Cochran Elementary students in need of better vision
Councilman David James (D-6) is leading an effort to have children at Cochran Elementary fitted for eye glasses. “It is important that everyone support learning in our classrooms and when I became aware some students at Cochran were in need of glasses but could not afford them, that’s when I began to find ways to help," said james.”

1/17/2012
Yates named Chair of Metro Council Contracts Committee
Councilman David Yates (D-25) has been named chair of the Metro Council’s Contracts Committee by President Jim King (D-10) “I am honored for the opportunity to serve as Chair and I want tax payers to know, especially in these tight financial times, we will be very thorough in our review of how contracts are bid,” said Yates.

1/17/2012
Metro Councilman Glen Stuckel to Host District 17 Town Hall Meeting
Louisville Metro Councilman Glen Stuckel (District 17) will hold a district meeting on Monday, January 30 at 6:30 p.m. in the lower level community room of Republic Bank (9600 Brownsboro Road).

1/16/2012
Proposed Title V Construction Permit 34050-12-C for Louisville Medical Center Steam Plant
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District (District) proposes to issue a construction permits for Louisville Medical Center Steam Plant to convert a coal-fired boiler to natural gas

1/15/2012
Southwest Council members Blackwell and Yates organize volunteer clean-up of Southwest Government Ce
Councilman Rick Blackwell (D-12) and Councilman David Yates (D-25) organized a successful volunteer clean-up of the Southwest Government Center and the Vietnam Memorial. This comes after steps already taken, with coordination with Louisville Metro Facilities, to ensure that the grounds and gardens of the Memorial are consistently maintained.

1/14/2012
Hamilton announces next Shawnee Neighborhood Plan Meeting set for Tuesday, January 17th
Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton invites all residents of the Shawnee Area to come out on Tuesday for the next meeting of the Shawnee Neighborhood Plan.

1/13/2012
2012 Meeting Dates for Urban Renewal Commission and Community Development Agency
Media Advisory - Announcing the 2012 scheduled meeting dates for the Urban Renewal Commission and Community Development Agency of Louisville.

1/13/2012
Annual Vacant Property Review Commission
Media Advisory - Announcing the Annual Vacant Property Review Commission (VPRC) meeting schedule.

1/13/2012
2012 Landbank Authority, Inc. Meeting Dates
Media Advisory - Announcing the 2012 scheduled meeting dates for the Louisville and Jefferson County Landbank Authority, Inc.

1/13/2012
No Garbage, Recycling Collection on Monday, Jan.16
A reminder to residents in the Urban Services District (old city limits) that there will be no garbage, recycling or yard waste collection on Monday, Jan 16, 2012 due to the Martin Luther King Day holiday. Service for residents with Monday collection will resume the following week, Monday, Jan. 23, 2012.

1/13/2012
President King announces Chairs and Vice-Chairs for 2012 Metro Council Committees
Metro Council President Jim King (D-10) has announced the Chairs and Vice Chairs of the Metro Council’s 12 standing committees for 2012. Some of the Metro Council’s 12 committees have been refocused to reflect current priorities. During 2012 the President plans to create three Ad Hoc Committees to review specific areas of concern in Metro Government

1/13/2012
Reminder: No Garbage, Recycling Collection on Monday, Jan. 16
A reminder to residents in the Urban Services District (old city limits) that there will be no garbage, recycling or yard waste collection on Monday, Jan 16, 2012 due to the Martin Luther King Day holiday. Service for residents with Monday collection will resume the following week, Monday, Jan. 23, 2012.

1/13/2012
Shigellosis Cases on the Rise in Louisville
There is an outbreak of shigellosis in the Louisville area. There have been 60 laboratory confirmed cases in the last three months. This compares to an average of 62 confirmed cases per year in Louisville for the past five years.

1/12/2012
TARC to Continue Frequent Bus Service
TARC is receiving another $1 million in federal funding to continue frequent bus service for another year on its two most popular routes.

1/12/2012
Fischer names Utility and Public Works Task Force
Mayor Greg Fischer today named a seven-member task force to examine the future of the Metropolitan Sewer District and determine ways it can co-operate with Louisville Water Company and the city’s Public Works Department.

1/12/2012
State of the City: Mayor Warns of Looming Budget Cuts
In his second State of the City address, Mayor Greg Fischer today said the city had taken bold steps, proving itself a community that dared to be great. But at the same time, he warned that looming fiscal problems – decades in the making – threatened to hamper Louisville’s future if not addressed now.

1/11/2012
Scott volunteers with “Meals on Wheels” to connect with senior citizens in District 1
Councilwoman Attica Scott (D-1) will join other volunteers on Thursday, January 12th to help the Shively Meals on Wheels program reach Senior Citizens in her district.

1/11/2012
Economic Development Department Gets New Name, New Director
Economic Development Department Reorganized, Adding Focus on Innovation, Entrepreneurship Ted Smith appointed new director

1/11/2012
Maria Koetter Named New Director of Sustainability
Mayor Greg Fischer has named Maria Koetter as Louisville Metro Government’s first director of Sustainability.

1/10/2012
Ward-Pugh hosts 9th District Community Forum on Jan. 25
Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh hosts Ninth District Community Forum on Jan. 25th Forum features update on Crime, Breslin Park and Brownsboro Road Reconfiguration Project

1/10/2012
Metro Council Minority Caucus Elects Councilman Ken Fleming to a second year as Chair
e Louisville Metro Council’sMinority Caucus has unanimously re-elected Ken Fleming (District 7) for a second year to the position of Caucus Chair.

1/10/2012
Councilman Owen dismayed by garbage collection changes of Metro Public Works in the last two weeks
After hearing from his constituents and touring District 8 on his bike, Councilman Tom Owen is expressing concerned that Louisville residents are confused by all the changes in Metro Public Works garbage and recycling services during the month of January.

1/10/2012
Councilwoman Butler Introduces Legislation to Combat Illegal Dumping
Those caught illegally dumping in Metro Louisville may soon find themselves facing a new penalty along with fines: the impounding of the vehicle used in illegal dumping under an new ordinance proposed by Councilwoman Marianne Butler.

1/10/2012
Metro Council Minority Caucus Elects Leaders for 2012
The Louisville Metro Council’s Minority Caucus has unanimously re-elected Ken Fleming (District 7) as Caucus Chair and Kevin Kramer(District 11) as Vice Chair for a second year in row.

1/9/2012
Councilwomen Madonna Flood and Barbara Shanklin re-elected Majority Caucus Leaders in 2012
By a unanimous vote, Councilwoman Madonna Flood (D- 24) was re-elected by members of the Democratic Caucus to serve as Majority Leader and Caucus Chair for 2012. Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin (D-2) was re-elected as Vice-Chairman of the Caucus.

1/9/2012
Councilman Jim King reelected Louisville Metro Council President for 2012
Councilman Jim King (D-10) was reelected President of the Louisville Metro Council during its first meeting of 2012 on Monday, January 9th.

1/9/2012
A.B. Sawyer Public Meeting Jan. 17th
Metro Parks will host a public meeting on Tuesday, January 17, to discuss future plans for A.B. Sawyer Park. The meeting will take place from 7-8:30 p.m. at Lyndon City Hall, 515 Wood Road.

1/9/2012
Louisville Ford Investment Earns National Economic Development Honors
The Commonwealth of Kentucky and Ford Motor Co. -- and the continued investment and creation of new jobs at the Louisville's two Ford Plants --have been named 2011 Economic Development Deal of the Year by national magazine Business Facilities. The project, which was selected by a judging panel of industry experts, emerged as the winner in a competitive field of 23 other big-ticket projects from across the U.S.

1/6/2012
Mayor to Present Freedom Award to Rep. Darryl Owens
Mayor Greg Fischer today announced that State Rep. Darryl T. Owens is the 2012 recipient of Louisville Metro’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Award. Owens is a longtime public servant, as a former Jefferson County Commissioner and now in his fourth term as state representative for the 43rd district in Louisville.

1/6/2012
Public Health and Wellness Offers Several Free and Fun Fitness Classes
Start the New Year right – become more active! The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness has teamed up with Metro Parks and the YMCA to offer many exercise classes at various locations throughout the community. All classes are free and no prior registration is required. Simply come and have fun!

1/6/2012
Reminder: New Collection Routes Begin Monday, Jan.9
A reminder to citizens in the Urban Services District (old city limits) that new 2012 garbage and recycling/yard waste collection routes begin Monday, Jan. 9.

1/6/2012
Reminder: New Collection Routes Start Monday, Jan. 9
A reminder to citizens in the Urban Services District (old city limits) that new 2012 garbage and recycling/yard waste collection routes begin Monday, Jan. 9.

1/5/2012
Councilman Johnson announces beginning of tree planting project in District 21
District 21 is ready to embark on a task over the holiday season that will return some natural beauty to five areas of the district. Beginning on Monday, some 70 trees will be planted replacing older trees damaged or diseased that has been removed in the last few years.

1/5/2012
Metro Council to hold first meeting of 2012 on January 9th
The Louisville Metro Council will elect a President, Council Clerk and Deputy Clerk at it first meeting of th eyear on Monday

1/5/2012
I-64 Ramp from Story Avenue to be closed temporarily
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) will close temporarily the entrance ramp from Story Avenue to westbound Interstate 64, beginning Monday, Jan. 9, in an effort to reduce traffic crashes. After the closure of the Sherman Minton Bridge, the exit ramp from westbound I-64 to I-65 was closed to improve traffic flow where these two routes merge with Interstate 71. As a result, the free-flow traffic condition from Story Avenue to I-64 was changed to a short merge condition. To help with traffic control, KYTC installed first a yield sign and subsequently a stop sign at the top of the ramp.

1/5/2012
Councilwoman Scott invites Mayor Fischer to join her for a ‘District 1 Reality Ride”
Councilwoman Attica Scott (D-1) will take Mayor Greg Fischer on a very important ride this Saturday. Her “District 1 Reality Ride” is designed to show the Mayor areas of importance in the district needing attention.

1/5/2012
License Late Fees Waived
Louisville Metro Animal Services (LMAS) will waive all late fees starting today (January 5, 2012) thru February 29th for cats, dogs and ferrets whose licenses have either lapsed or have never been purchased. Visit either MAS location to renew your pet's license.

1/5/2012
Public Health and Wellness Offers Free Diabetes Classes
The Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness will hold a series of four free classes for individuals interested in learning about and managing diabetes. Classes begin Tuesday, January 10 at the Bon Air branch of the Louisville Free Public Library at 2816 Del Rio Place.

1/3/2012
Public Health and Wellness Offers Stop Smoking Classes
Start the New Year right – become a nonsmoker! The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness, the Kentucky Cancer Program and other community partners are offering free stop smoking classes using the Cooper/Clayton method. The Cooper/Clayton method to stop smoking is a 13 week program that includes weekly support group meetings combined with the use of nicotine replacement products such as patches and gum. Participants receive free weekly supplies of nicotine replacement products.